Up to $10,000 reward offered for information leading to burglars, stolen firearms
The Anchorage Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating an early Thursday morning burglary that happened at Granny's Guns on Dowling Road.
In a release from APD, ATF says it's offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the four people responsible for the burglary. The National Shooting Sports Foundation says they will match the reward, for a total of $10,000.
Jason Chudy, Public Information Officer for ATF, says Anchorage police are leading the investigation and the burglars could face both local and federal charges.
ATF said the suspects drove a stolen vehicle through the shop's front doors. They then loaded a separate vehicle with rifles and handguns.
According to ATF, 26 firearms were stolen. Chudy says authorities want to recover the firearms as quickly as possible.
"Whenever there's a federal firearms license burglary, especially in a community that's kind of insulated like Anchorage is, those firearms are gonna stay there in the community," he said. "These firearms were taken during illegal action, and they’re gonna remain in the community and they’re going to be used, possibly, for further crimes."
On Friday, police released pictures of three of the four burglars.
The first person has dark hair, a blue long-sleeved shirt and a white cloth covering their nose and mouth. The second wore dark pants, a dark long-sleeved shirt, black vest, hoodie, red shoes and a bandanna over their face.
The third burglar had dark pants, a dark long-sleeved shirt and a blue hoodie that had "Bartlett 17" written on the back. The fourth person was a passenger in one of the vehicles. Police say the four people wore gloves.
ATF says both vehicles have been recovered. The stolen vehicle used to break into Granny's Guns was left at the scene and the other was recovered later.
Chudy says burglars have used vehicles to break into gun stores in other parts of the country.
"Obviously you've got a large vehicle, it's gonna go through a lot of different things so it's not unusual for this to happen," he said. "I hate to say it, but it looks like they're just following what a lot of other people are doing, and again, we want that to be stopped."
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KTVA's Daniella Rivera contributed to this report.
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