ATF: 4 recent Colorado gun store burglaries could be connected
By Christen Smith
ATF investigate “smash and grab” style burglary at DCF Guns in Castle Rock, Colorado on June 27, 2017. (Photo: Channel 9 News)
Federal authorities said this week four gun store burglaries in Colorado could be connected, according to a report from Channel 9 News.
The local NBC affiliate said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives continues investigating a string of thefts dating back to April 18 when masked intruders drove a vehicle into a Colorado Springs store and grabbed nearly two dozen guns from the smashed cases.
Store owners in Littleton and Lakewood reported two more “smash and grab” style thefts in May. A fourth incident unfolded early Tuesday morning when the masked suspects crashed a stolen Jeep Cherokee into the front entrance of DCF Guns in Castle Rock, grabbing an untold number of guns.
“All had masks or clothing cover their faces,” Castle Rock Police Department Sgt. Tim Ratcliff told 9 News. “One had a Shrek mask on.”
Investigators believe the thieves have stolen 45 guns, so far. The ATF is offering a $10,000 reward for information about this string of thefts.
“Those firearms aren’t going to be sold to a law abiding citizen,” Ratcliff said. “They are going to a criminal.”