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Fifteen-thousand Dollar Reward in Gun Store Robbery

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Police are asking for help to find the men who robbed a Fresno gun store and critically injured an 85-year-old man. And there is now a 15-thousand dollar reward for information leading to an arrest and prosecution in the case.<br /><br />Fresno police released new information today on the robbery at Fresno Firearms on Thursday, December 4th. The thieves stole 13 handguns.<br /><br />As they ran out of the business, the crooks pushed an 85-year-old man to the ground. George Sheklian was bringing a cup of coffee to the owner of the gun store. Something he did every day. Sheklian operates a shoe repair shop next door.<br /><br />Sheklian suffered severe head injuries and is on life support.<br /><br />Federal authorities are now involved. The ATF, police, and the Sheklian’s family are asking for help to put the thieves behind bars.<br /><br />Arsen Sheklian, George’s son, choked back sobs as he thanked the community for the support that has come in after his father was gravely injured. <br /><br />In security video from last Thursday, you can see George preparing to walk into Fresno Firearms with a cup of coffee for the owner. He was pushed to the ground by the thieves and struck his head. George has been on life support.<br /><br />&quot;Tomorrow we will remove the life support at ten a-m. If you can, a moment of silence and prayer for him,&quot; his son, Arsen, said.<br /><br />George is not expected to survive. Fresno police are working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms on the case. The theft of guns from a licensed store is a federal crime. And if someone dies in the commission of that crime, the person responsible could face the death penalty.<br /><br />Police are looking for a white or pearl Cadillac and a silver Dodge Charger used by the suspects. Detectives are looking at security video from stores in the area. And past video that may show suspicious activity before the robbery.<br /><br />&quot;What may not appear suspicious to a person may be the bit of information we need so please provide that to us,&quot; Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.<br /><br />The robbery has been a topic of discussion at other gun stores, including Valley Rod and Gun on Clovis Avenue. They know they could be a target for thieves.<br /><br />&quot;It’s a constant concern with us. We don’t worry about it. But we’re aware of it all the time,&quot; Merritt Gilbert said. He’s worked at Valley Rod and Gun for 15 years.<br /><br />The store carries only shot guns and rifles. Gilbert says they have security cameras and alarms in the store, several employees on duty at all times, and they keep their guns cabled and secured in a case or locked up.<br /><br />&quot;At night time we pull them out and we’ll lock them into safes and they’re locked up for the night,&quot; Gilbert said.<br /><br />They will discuss ways to improve security. And will eagerly wait for the thieves who left George Sheklian gravely injured to be locked up.<br /><br />The reward for information in the case is 15-thousand dollars. If you have any information on the suspects or the crime, you’re asked to contact Fresno Police. Or you can call Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP. You will remain anonymous.<br /></div>

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