For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Contact: Lisa Meiman
ATF Offers $10,000 Reward for Information on Recent Gun Store Burglaries
Field Division: Denver Field Division
DENVER — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects who have burglarized three gun dealers since April 18.
The thefts are possibly related and involve late-night “smash and grab” break-ins by multiple suspects. The suspects spent less than five minutes in the stores. In total, 45 firearms have been stolen in the following thefts:
- Springs Armory, 2462 Waynoka Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Just after 2 a.m., April 18, four or five masked suspects stole 22 handguns and rifles. Photos of the suspects and suspect vehicle, a Dodge Neon or similar, are at the end of the release.
- Triple J Armory, 311 E County Line Road, Littleton, Colorado
At 1:55 a.m., May 24, four suspects used a vehicle to break into Triple J Armory and steal 11 handguns. Photos of the suspects are at the end of the release.
- Machine Gun Tours, 12550 W Colfax Ave., Lakewood, Colorado
Just after 2 a.m., May 26, two suspects forced their way into Machine Gun Tours and stole 12 semi-automatic rifles and handguns.
“These firearms represent a major threat to our community,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Debora Livingston. “They will not be used in hunting; they will not be displayed as trophies; these guns are destined for crime. We appeal to anyone who knows the identity of these suspects or the whereabouts of the firearms to contact us before innocent people are hurt.”
ATF and the affected police departments are working closely together to investigate the burglaries. ATF also encourages gun dealers in the Denver Metro and Colorado Springs areas to be vigilant for any suspicious behavior and take additional precautions with their security and inventory. Suspicious behavior and people can be reported to ATF or the local police department.
Anyone with information should call ATF’s Tip Line at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (283-4867) or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). Callers to the ATF and Crime Stoppers tip lines can remain anonymous. People can also submit a tip through ATF’s new “reportit” app available at www.reportit.com and at Google Play and the Apple App Store. All tips to the app are confidential and can be anonymous.
Stolen firearms in Colorado
- In 2016, 9,281 firearms were stolen from licensed gun dealers in the U.S.
- In 2015, 6,163 were stolen from licensed gun dealers in the U.S.
- In 2016, 273 firearms were stolen from Colorado gun dealers. In comparison, in 2015, 121 firearms were stolen from gun dealers and 56 in 2014.
- The most common theft is burglary, which made up nearly 81 percent (7,488) of the stolen firearms in 2015.
- There are about 1,636 licensed gun dealers in Colorado.