'I figured they were going to kill us': Masked gunmen rob collector in Creswell
CRESWELL, Ore. - Three masked gunmen forced their way into a storage unit and robbed the people inside of a military knife collection and other property Monday night, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.
The robbers took "thousands of dollars worth of knives and weapons," said victim Ricky Wadkins, 65, of Creswell. "Just thousands of dollars worth, my whole collection of Navy Mark 1s and Mark 2s."
The robbers restrained two women, ages 54 and 72, who were with Wadkins at the time of the robbery.
"They couldn't get the safe open, the gun safe, so they couldn't get any," Wadkins said Tuesday.
"I figured they were going to kill us," Wadkins said. "They had guns. They're idiots."
Wadkins estimated the robbers spent about a half hour trying to tie people up, open a safe and select what they wanted to steal.
"I usually have my gun on me, and the one time I don't," he said, "Makes me mad that I wasn't ready for them."
The sheriff's office responded just after 8:30 p.m. to the 200 block of N. Mill Street. | CRIME MAP
Three white men between the ages of 20 and 35 put on masks and forced their way into the storage unit. The men carried handguns and threatened the victims, the sheriff's office said.
"The suspects fled in an older model, white sport utility vehicle," the sheriff's office said. "Deputies are speaking with local residents who may have witnessed the incident to help provide a more detailed description of the suspects."
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information on the identity and location of the three men to call the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 682-4141.
"Catch them before they kill somebody," Wadkins said.
He had planned to move his stuff out of the units sooner than later, concerned about the kinds of people he had seen wandering around the storage facility.
"I just wanted to get out here before I got robbed," he said. "I didn't make it."