Proprietor Prevents a Smash and Grab Theft by Waving His Gun at a Bunch of Criminals

( — An employee at a California consignment store scared off a group of would-be thieves last week by pointing his .38 caliber revolver at them, KTVU reported.

Albert Marcu, 73, was working at Estates Consignments in Pleasant Hill last Monday when, around 4:20 p.m., surveillance video showed a young woman casing the store while on her cell phone. As the woman was leaving the story, she attempted to keep the security guard from shutting the door behind her so a group of young men could enter.

The men then forced the door open and pushed their way inside. One of the men was carrying a sledgehammer, likely to smash the display cases that were filled with watches, rings, and other jewelry.

Marcu rushed toward the jewelry section and pulled out his revolver.

He told KTVU that he brandished the gun and told the robbers to stop. When they saw his revolver, they “panicked” and ran out of the store, he told KTVU.

The would-be thieves fled the store and got into two Infiniti Q50s parked outside. Immediately, a Pleasant Hill police vehicle arrived as the suspects fled the scene.

Marcu told KTVU that he is always armed when working in the store due to similar incidents in the past, including a smash-and-grab robbery at a consignment store in Danville the previous week. He said if robbers threatened him or his employees, he would “use the gun, 100 percent.”

Marcu said his message to other businesses in the area is to take his example and “fight for themselves,” adding that if businesses aren’t willing to fight back, “nobody will.”

According to KTVU, one of the two suspect vehicles in last Monday’s attempted robbery was stolen, and a license plate reader alert was triggered.

In addition to carrying the .38 caliber revolver, Marcu’s German shepherd Tiger also provides security at the store, except during last Monday’s incident when Tiger was at the groomer’s.

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