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8/23/2013 6:01:00 AM
High-powered firearms, ammunition reported stolen
$2,500 reward offered for information
A large cache of weapons was stolen from a Kingman home Monday. Illustrated above are examples of what the stolen weapons look like. A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information is asked to call the Mohave County Sheriff's Office at (928) 753-0753 or Silent Witness at (928) 753-1234.
A large cache of weapons was stolen from a Kingman home Monday. Illustrated above are examples of what the stolen weapons look like. A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information is asked to call the Mohave County Sheriff's Office at (928) 753-0753 or Silent Witness at (928) 753-1234.
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

Correction: In one of our online updates, the victim listed two additional pistols as stolen: a Kahr PM9 and a CZ Rami. The victim located these two handguns in storage and are no longer included on the stolen items list.

KINGMAN - Thieves made off with a large cache of high-powered weapons after burglarizing a northern Kingman home Monday and a reward of up to $2,500 is on the table for information leading to their arrest and conviction.

"They took numerous high-powered rifles and handguns," said the victim, who has not compiled a complete list of the guns that were stolen. What he did list was enough for criminals to start a small war.

They include an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and three AR-15 complete lowers (bodies without barrels), an AK-47 with two 75-round drums (one black and one olive green), and a Saiga-12 semiautomatic shotgun with 12- and 20-shell drums.

"That shotgun could destroy a car," said the victim.

Other weapons taken in the burglary were: a 10/22 Ruger rifle, a Mark II Ruger pistol with gold trigger, a Glock 17 pistol and a Glock 19 pistol.

Also stolen were about 1,000 .223-caliber rounds the AR-15 fires and an equal number of 9 mm rounds, 10 AR-15 magazines and two 33-round Glock 9 mm magazines.

The victim said he left home early Monday morning and found he had been burglarized when he returned several hours later.

He's disturbed his weapons are in the hands of criminals.

"I think, with all the gun controversy going on today, that we need to pass laws that give long prison sentences to people who steal guns," he said. "They shouldn't just be charged with possession of stolen property. It should be a special law for stolen guns."

Sheriff Tom Sheahan also is disturbed.

"Anytime weapons get into the hands of criminals, it's a very serious and dangerous situation for citizens and law enforcement officers that may come into contact with them," said Sheahan.

"MSR's (modern sporting rifles) such as the AR-15, due to the political climate, are very valuable and a prime target for thieves and burglars.They present a unique and dangerous challenge to law enforcement officers who have the obligation to track them down."

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Mohave County Sheriff's Office at (928) 753-0753 or Silent Witness at (928) 753-1234.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, September 1, 2013
Article comment by: Todays Time

V. Stokes makes a very good point. Times have changed. This last couple of decades seems to have brought changes once believed impossible.

I feel the Victim has a right to believe that behind his closed door his possessions are secure. I remember when that was widely true. Until I was 25 yrs old our family left keys in car, doors unlocked all night, and packages on the doorstep were safe until we picked them up. That was in a town 35 outside Detroit.

Today...My old neighborhood is not safe at night.

Personal responsibility now includes protecting valuble items to the point of wall safes, security systems, and fenced yards for the dog.

Sad how times have changed. Its still fine to live in the past. Just dont be surprised when reality rears it head.


Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

No, It's not the victims fault they were stolen....but even a $500 investment would have probably kept the firearms in his possession. Maybe even less could have been spent. They make plenty of security lockers that can be hidden in a wall in a closet. A little creative thought would defeat the average thief, unless they have inside knowledge. It's not his fault, but does anyone still leave the keys in their cars, or the doors unlocked on their vehicles, RV's or homes? If so, they aren't taking the most basic steps to protect themselves.

What would you say to a jewelry store owner who was robbed, but didn't lock his gems up each night? "Oh you didn't go anything wrong." Bet his insurance company wouldn't say that.

Anyone owning high value items is responsible to taking a proactive approach to prevent theft.


Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Article comment by: Think before you speak(write)

Last time I checked owning guns and not owning a gun safe was not a crime,but breaking and entering and grand theft is. I believe if this gentleman locked his door behind him when he left that day,his guns were secured. We as a society need to wake up and stop protecting the criminals. In closing to all you that feel the 2nd Amendment is a crime against humanity. The day this guy gets charged for owning guns is the day you guys need to be charged with being owning a computer to voice your lame ass opinions!!!!

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: R H

As a gun owner. Has anyone even thought for a second. What if these guns are still here in the community, are we safe, are those that don't own guns safe. Lets hope they are not use to harm someone in the community / and or / outside the area.

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Article comment by: vock canyon

So if his expensive about tools were stolen would everyone be as concerned? No, if his 70" tv was stolen would we what to know if he had a big safe and a security system to keep it in? hmmmmm Was his car stolen? it is a deadly weapon too, it can kill too.

I wonder if these weapons will end up across the border?

Are we jealous of his toys?

What we should be wondering is what causes folks to buy these kinds of weapons? Fear of our own failed representation in our government? Or simply entertainment?

Hmmm, I wonder if the thief gave any of this some thought. I doubt it.......


Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman Guy

One week ago, ATF and MAGNET took down several bad guys with guns, explosives and dope. They even salved several burglaries, robberies and shootings.

Lets stop blaming the police, or the victims. We need to put the blame on the criminals! These criminals need to go to prison for a long time!


Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

What I don’t understand is the scumbags broke into a private home and took things that didn’t belong to them and everyone is complaining about the victim not keeping the weapons secure. The blame should stay focused on the thief’s and not the victim. Ya he had a lot of guns but that’s his right. It’s not like he left them out in the street for anyone to pick up, they were in his private home. That should be enough. Why is it that everyone wants to blame a victim when lowlifes take what is not theirs.

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Article comment by: Jack Dundee

Wow...just wow.... Many of these comments are stunning in there utter ignorance.! Let me get this straight, the shop keeper that is robbed is at fault for having money laying around & tempting the poor thief. The attractive lady that is raped is at fault for enticing the poor hapless rapist! Listen up numbskuls....if you wanna blame someone, blame the thief!

Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Robins

what about the 40 high powered rifles pistols that we're stolen from a resident in Dolan Spring. Nobody heard or read it in the newspaper. I guess were not important enough Dolan Springs Moderator: Time to clarify. The victim in this report wanted his story told. If the Dolan Springs resident or any other crime victim wants their story told, call the Miner (757-6397). Crime reporter Doug McMurdo's extension is 226.

Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Article comment by: It's your Choice

@ SAD FOR KINGMAN

" but this high powered gun garbage is getting just stupid, with a capital S!"

So don't buy one, it's your right not too but leave everyone else alone.


Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Article comment by: Id sue the paper

I had been robbed like this Id be glad the paper didnt put my address in the paper.

Thats only letting everyone know here to come get anything that was missed the first time.

OH, Those guns are in California or anywhere except here.


Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Article comment by: Close Your Pie Hole

The vast majority of burglaries are committed by someone who has been a guest in your home. Be quiet.

Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@justanobody sr

"I'll be(t) it was a drug user!"

But....but...but...but, they're all just innocent "victims" of drug use! (extreme sarcasm, off).

@glory of guns

"Did Sheahan ever recover those guns taken from A&P Pawn? Sure are a lot of illegal guns floating around in such a small town."

They might well be long gone to a predominantly "gun free zone" for resale, at a much higher price than could be found here. There are many such places just over the border to the west you know.

LOL


Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Article comment by: It's not who you know but who you blow I don't blow anyone

My home was broken into and it never made it to the newspaper ? Lost $10,000 in firearms .

Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@lori

"Many people have bragged about how many and what kind of guns they own right here...."

“Many people”? Not that I recall seeing. Unless you provide quotes from the archives, I will just consider that to be just your usual gun-grabber BS. And your penchant for leftist and gun-grabber hyperbole has been well and firmly established here.

Though not “many people” have bragged here about what kind of guns they own, I do know of one who has........you.

A. If I remember correctly, you have commented here it is a revolver.

B. You have commented here that it is not locked up, while hypocritically insisting others do that with theirs, just in a box in a high place.

C. You have commented here about what you have and where you keep it using your real name (not very smart).

D. You don't believe in open or concealed carry. So your gun is at home when you are not there.

So tell us, oh constant and eternal lecturer of others, when YOUR gun is stolen and used in a crime, will you share the blame with the thief, or be calling yourself the "victim"?

LOL


Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Article comment by: desert dweller

Reading this..its amazing to me all the liberal flakes responding! Same old crap...blaming the victim! What the h is wrong with collecting "anything"? you people (some of you) need to remove your heads from your respective butts! imo

Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Article comment by: Dead Eye

Obama has transformer drones that can hide in your house until you leave and take your guns by remote control.

Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Article comment by: KO TAY

Inside job. I'll keep my ears open. And for those who think this is a lot of guns well not to a collector or an avid shooter. The owner has good taste I must admit. And really so much hype about guns today doesn't anyone realize criminals don't buy guns they steal them. And the owner was practicing his right. Don't like guns don't buy them, but don't tell me I can't own them. But this owner let one too many people know he had guns. And apparently let them know when he wouldn't be home. Yep inside job.

Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Article comment by: what the?

Wait!!, the NRA says the best thing to stop bad guys with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Article comment by: Gun Less

How about long prison sentences for idiots who do not safely store their guns??

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Why MR.C.

Why were these weapons so easy to steal? Unimaginable!!! where was this gun owner raised, in a barn without a roof.
Or maybe this was just another way to make a quick sale with out the gun owner held accountable later down the road.


Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Responsible Gun Owner

The amount of firearms owned by this individual does not alarm me. Alot, I mean alot of people within city limits and on the outskirts have this amount and more. What I find alarming is that these weapons were obviously unsecured. This person should not be allowed to own weapons. He is one of the reasons that there are issues and people are afraid. If you are going to be a gun owner, know what makes you and your neighbors safe. I wouldn't want my children or grandchildren playing in a home with unsecured weapons. It is just common sense. This irresponsible behavior makes me very angry and puts legitimate gun owners in a bad light. It isn't just about home defense. We have the right to possess weapons. Some of us just like to collect various weapons for a hobby. It is ok, no need to be afraid. Be wary of idiots like this who don't act like adults.

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: concerned citizen

Can anyone say "insurance scam???"

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: SAD FOR KINGMAN

I'm not against a person owning a gun for safety, but this high powered gun garbage is getting just stupid, with a capital S!

Everybody should own a gun safe and teenagers should stop having sex --- NEITHER of those is going to happen, folks. Get a clue.

Having an arsenal like this does NOT make you safer, no matter what anybody thinks. A gun that can blow up an entire vehicle is not a safe thing to have ANYWHERE.

This country is just flat insane and the ability to make good choices doesn't exist anymore.

I guarantee that this "victim" won't be the only one!



Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

all this concern about stolen weapons,I'm betting alot of homes in Mohave county have weapons.
how about all you "whiners" look at what damage drugs are doing in this community!
NO! you'd rather whine about guns!
wanna bet on WHO stole those guns?
I'll be it was a drug user!
look at the news, all you hear about is drugs!
so please direct your remarks towards something constructive.



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