CRIME

Authorities say man crashed car into Washington sporting goods store in effort to steal guns

  • This photo provided by the King County Sheriff's Office shows a car which crashed through the locked doors of a sporting goods store in Burien, Wash. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Sheriff's deputies took one person into custody after the crash, which officials said appeared to be a burglary attempt targeting the store's firearms. (AP Photo/King County Sherriff's Office)

    This photo provided by the King County Sheriff's Office shows a car which crashed through the locked doors of a sporting goods store in Burien, Wash. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Sheriff's deputies took one person into custody after the crash, which officials said appeared to be a burglary attempt targeting the store's firearms. (AP Photo/King County Sherriff's Office)  (The Associated Press)

  • This photo provided by the King County Sheriff's Office shows debris, including scattered guns, after a car crashed through the locked doors of a sporting goods store in Burien, Wash. Sheriff's deputies took one person into custody after the crash, which officials said appeared to be a burglary attempt targeting the store's firearms. (AP Photo/King Co. Sherriff's Office)

    This photo provided by the King County Sheriff's Office shows debris, including scattered guns, after a car crashed through the locked doors of a sporting goods store in Burien, Wash. Sheriff's deputies took one person into custody after the crash, which officials said appeared to be a burglary attempt targeting the store's firearms. (AP Photo/King Co. Sherriff's Office)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say a driver crashed into a Washington sporting goods store on purpose so he could steal guns, and then he tried to hide in the ceiling.

The King County sheriff's office says it arrested a suspect after a more than four-hour standoff at the Big 5 store in Burien, south of Seattle.

The car smashed through a metal grate and glass doors at the business early Tuesday. No employees were inside at the time.

Sgt. DB Gates says authorities determined the wreck was an apparent burglary attempt targeting firearms after responding deputies found cases holding the store's rifles and ammunition were disturbed. They also heard noises in the ceiling where they believed the suspect was hiding.

A tactical squad was called to surround the building, and authorities eventually apprehended the man. The team then searched for any other suspects inside.