Posted by Mike Dever - email
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police have arrested two men involved in robbing an east end gun shop in late April that led to a SWAT situation. They also recovered nearly two dozen stolen weapons, many of which were buried in a Louisville park.
Jeffersontown police and the Louisville office of the ATF arrested 25-year-old Jullian Anthony and 20-year-old Jordan Anthony on Tuesday, May 17, in connection with the burglary of the 111 Gun Shop at 9301 Hurstbourne Park Boulevard on April 26.
Both men face burglary charges and could be charged with additional crimes.
Police told us they have been following nearly a dozen leads since the break-in and they tried to conduct a traffic stop Monday night, but police say both men were heavily armed and took off, putting nearly a dozen officers' lives at risk.
Police were able to get both men to surrender Tuesday night at their home on Preston Highway. The suspects told police they buried many of the weapons in Iroquois Park. Officers recovered those weapons late Tuesday.
For the first time Wednesday, police revealed a dangerous detail about what they found inside the stolen car the suspects crashed into the gun shop: two tanks filled with gasoline and propane.
Police weren't sure what the suspects intended to do with the tanks, but speculated that they could have been planning to torch the business after robbing it.
"All of these weapons had been placed inside a garbage bag and wrapped and buried two feet under ground at Iroquois Park," Police Chief Richard Sanders said.
Police say no one was at risk, since they were buried in remote areas.
The brothers already have felony records, and police say they were looking to make a quick buck in this case.
"When you see a shot gun and a short barrel pistol grip, it causes us great concern - that's a thug's gun," Police Chief Sanders said.
"I've seen these guns swapped for a gram of crack, all the way to $400," Special Agent Mark Pappas said.
One of the guns was recovered the day after the robbery in a grassy area near the gun shop by a man mowing grass who ran over it with a lawn mower.
So far, just one other gun remains unaccounted for.
Jeffersontown police responded to an alarm sounding at the gun shop early April 26 after someone crashed a car into the building. Since they didn't know if anyone was still inside the gun shop, officers called for backup from the LMPD SWAT Team. After about six hours the building was cleared and one man was taken into custody.
According to police, they arrived to find the man standing near the business. He told police he heard a crash and went to see what happened. He was taken into custody and questioned, but wasn't arrested. He was freed after several hours.