Silent alarm foils gun shop burglary; 1 in custody, 1 on the loose

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Joshua Garcia, 23, has been charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, misconduct involving weapons, and criminal trespass. By Andrew Michalscheck Joshua Garcia, 23, has been charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, misconduct involving weapons, and criminal trespass. By Andrew Michalscheck
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Police have identified the man who was arrested after tripping a silent alarm at a Phoenix gun shop early Wednesday morning.

Joshua Garcia, 23, has been charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, misconduct involving weapons, and criminal trespass.

The incident in question took place at about 3 a.m. in the area of 19th Avenue and Colter Street.

According to police, Garcia and another man made their way through an empty space next to the gun shop. When they got into the shop itself, they set off a silent alarm, unknowingly summoning the police.

Officers were on the scene within minutes and saw the two men running from the shop. The officers went after them. With the help, of a K-9, they found Garcia hiding in a trash can at a nearby home.

Garcia refused to comply with officers' orders and was subsequently bitten by the police dog.

The second suspect got away. Investigators do not have a good description of him at this point.

According to police, the suspects had eight automatic rifles, two handguns and several loaded cartridges packed up and ready to go. When they ran, though, they did not actually take anything from the shop.

Holmes said all of the merchandises seems to have been accounted for.