Car rams storefront in $5,000 gun theft


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AZTOY
January 14, 2003, 04:39 PM
Car rams storefront in $5,000 gun theft
Crime continues rash of weapons burglaries
By Sean Kelly
Denver Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, January 14, 2003 - ARAPAHOE COUNTY - Burglars crashed a vehicle through the front of a Parker Road gun shop, taking 13 guns in a theft early Monday.
The front windows and door of Rob's Guns, 2020 S. Parker Road, were in shambles and a display case sat broken and empty inside.

"The vehicle drove right through the glass and the metal burglar bars inside," said Arapahoe County sheriff's Capt. Mark Fisher.

It was one of several recent robberies in the metro area targeting guns. Store owners worry that the thieves are becoming more brazen.

"Guns are the contraband of the new millennium. They're like currency on the street," said Dave Anver, owner of Dave's Guns, one of the busiest gun shop in the state.

The burglars hit Rob's at 2:07 a.m. Monday. However, a delay by a security firm in notifying authorities meant deputies did not get the call until 2:15 a.m., Fisher said.

A sheriff's substation is about a mile north on Parker Road. Deputies arrived just two minutes after they were alerted, but by then the burglars were gone.

The vehicle left scrapes of red paint behind, Fisher said. It likely backed up over the sidewalk and into the store, he said.

Investigators traced glass and other debris on South Dayton Street but lost the trail. There was no videotape of the burglary, Fisher said.

The thieves stole 11 handguns and two rifles, totaling more than $5,000 in value. The rifles, an Armalite AR-10 and an Imbel L1A1, were described as "military-style assault weapons."

"Certainly it's disconcerting to law enforcement to know that these weapons are on the street in the hands of a person like this," Fisher said.

Robbing a gun store is a federal offense punishable by more than 10 years in prison. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is investigating.

Workers on Monday fixed the front of the store, which sits in a strip mall. Owner Robert Burke refused to comment on the theft.

Several recent smash-and-grab burglaries have targeted guns. In November, burglars smashed a window at an Arvada Gart Sports store, 7400 W. 52nd Ave., and grabbed $5,000 in guns.

Monday's burglary is a mirror image of a theft in June 2000 at Dave's Guns, a half-mile north of Rob's Guns, when a Chevrolet Suburban crashed through a wall; more than 50 guns were stolen. Most of the guns were found and six people went to prison in connection with that burglary.

Anver said he installed 12-inch steel pipes filled with concrete to stop would-be copycats. "The fact that someone would destroy the structural integrity of your building to get guns, they've got to be pretty desperate people," he said.

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Blackhawk
January 14, 2003, 04:58 PM
Brazen? That's just stupidity in action....

Airwolf
January 14, 2003, 05:03 PM
"Guns are the contraband of the new millennium. They're like currency on the street,"

Hmmm... Prohibition, the War On Drugs, increasing restrictions on gun ownership.

Does anyone see a pattern here? </rhetorical question>

Robert Farrar
January 14, 2003, 08:38 PM
The rifles, an Armalite AR-10 and an Imbel L1A1, were described as "military-style assault weapons."

Par for the course as usual...

Bob

Jeff OTMG
January 14, 2003, 09:55 PM
To all of those who still want to boycott S&W because they will not take out ads in gun publications stating that they made a mistake and that they won the battle by getting out of the agreement made by the past S&W president. If this were a S&W dealer, he would have had to agree, as part of the HUD agreement, to lock the guns up in vaults when the shop was closed, thereby preventing this type of burglary. Had S&W taken that action and any of these firearms are used in criminal activity then S&W would have to accept some responsibility for that misuse and since they have deeper pockets than a street punk you can guess who would have to pay.

Kobun
January 14, 2003, 10:18 PM
Why don't (especially) gun stores have concrete barriers outside the stores?
This would prevent any ramming through windows and walls.
Even a few well placed boulders, or iron pipe driven 1m into the ground, and then filled with concrete would do the trick of stopping a ramming attempt. :banghead: <-(badguy) ;)

You guys in the US go to great lengths to safeguard your mailboxes (see other tread on THR), but don't do the same to safeguard your stores. :confused:
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wardmclark
January 14, 2003, 10:24 PM
I'm a regular visitor to the Dave's Guns mentioned in the article, and I've been in to Rob's, too. You'd need a tank to bust into Dave's now. I imagine Rob will be taking the same steps. I live about three miles from both stores.

I've bought three guns from Dave in the last year, including the Guide Gun, which I just love. :D

p35
January 15, 2003, 07:36 AM
A lot of this went on around here 10 years or so ago and as a result all the gun shops have barriers against vehicles. I thoght it was a nationwide thing now.

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