For Immediate Release
$10,000 Reward Offered for Information on West Jordan Gun Shop Burglary
Machine Guns Among Nine Firearms Stolen
WEST JORDAN, UTAH – Two masked burglars made off with nine firearms, including two machine guns, from a gun store in West Jordan at about 7 a.m., Nov. 5.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the West Jordan Police Department are offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects responsible for burglarizing Flawless Firearms, LLC, at 6708 Airport Road.
Surveillance video is attached.
The machine guns, as well as two silencers, business checks and paperwork, were kept in a safe, which the thieves took with them in a white older model SUV. A photo of the suspect vehicle is below.
"The theft of machine guns is especially concerning. These types of weapons are extremely dangerous in criminal hands as they can fire several rounds with a single pull of the trigger,” said ATF Denver Field Division Special Agent in Charge Ken Croke. “If anyone has information on the burglary, we urge them to step forward so we can recover these firearms before someone gets hurt.”
“It is a threat to the safety of our community, and we are asking the public to assist our investigators by contacting West Jordan Police Department with any information about this crime,” said West Jordan Police Chief Doug Diamond.
Although too early in the investigation to definitively rule out, investigators do not believe this burglary is related to the Pawn Depot burglary in October.
Stealing firearms from a federally licensed dealer and possessing stolen firearms are federal crimes punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Anyone with any information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-800- ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867) or West Jordan Police Department at 801-840-4000, reference case number 16H017651. A tip can also be reported through ATF’s new “reportit” app available at www.reportit.com and at Google Play and the Apple App Store. All tips are confidential and can be anonymous.
More information on ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.gov.
In 2015, 6,163 firearms were stolen from licensed gun dealers in the U.S.
That is an about 7 percent increase from 2014’s count of 5,719.
Utah was one of few states who saw a decrease in number of firearms stolen.
In 2015, 17 firearms were stolen from licensed firearms dealers.
In 2014, 71 firearms were stolen from licensed firearms dealers.
Utah ranked 40th in the nation in 2015 for lost and stolen firearms from licensed firearms dealers.
There are about 754 licensed firearms dealers (including pawn brokers) in Utah.
ATF Public Information Officer West Jordan PD PIO
Phone: 303-575-7611 Phone: 801-256-2016