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1/14/2013 6:01:00 AM
Reward offered for information on Kingman gun thief
AHRON SHERMAN/MinerSomeone used an ax, which was left at the scene, to break into A & P Pawn early the morning of Dec. 20, and make off with several handguns and pieces of jewelry.
Someone used an ax, which was left at the scene, to break into A & P Pawn early the morning of Dec. 20, and make off with several handguns and pieces of jewelry.

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

A $500 reward is being offered by Mohave Silent Witness for information on a break-in last month at A & P Pawn in downtown Kingman.

Up to 15 handguns were stolen in the early morning burglary Dec. 20 after someone broke one of the storefront's windows with an ax and climbed the protective metal barrier to enter the store.

Also stolen were several cases of jewelry. The store suffered $1,000 worth in damages.

Silent Witness is offering a reward of up to $500 for information on the arrest and apprehension of suspect or suspects involved in this burglary.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Kingman Police Department at (928) 753-2191 or Silent Witness at (928) 753-1234.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013
Article comment by: its not over

Wait and see what happens if one of these guns are used in a crime involving injury .

It could be a very bad time to be a pawn shop onwer. There comes responsibility when dealing guns ae concerned.

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: liable shop owner

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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: Sorry Its irresponsibe business

@ Tj

Ive seen many guns stores and pawn shops lock up a couple hundred guns at closing. Its pretty standard practice for that type of business.

Why the owners dont have a safe large enough is not a reason to leave guns out. Its an excuse to not invest in an expensive item. I dont buy the "we cant afford to buy a big safe line" . I come from pawn shop families. The profits are plenty good enough to afford a safe.

I can only think of one reason a Pawn shop has hundreds of guns. The asking price is to high to move them reasonably. Most pawn stores double their investment on used guns. Ive noticed our local pawn shops all ask within 100 dollars of retail on all weapons. Its no wonder a store can pile up a couple hundred guns.

Drop the price on some guns and buy a safe. This break in should have never happened. You may as well left the door open. Like it or not some types of business have greater responsibility to protect the community around them. Putting guns in a safe at night is a good example of this.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: tj denton

you all do relize that this place has HUNDREDS of guns right? a safe that size would cost more than all of his inventory in the store combined. not to mention hours a night to put them away

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Step Up To The Plate

Silent Witness' reward for information leading to the return of these guns is good. However, $500 for 15 handguns isn't going to do much. I would think the responsible thing for Jim to do is to raise that to $5000. It would be money well spent if it were to get the 15 guns out of the hand of the criminals which they are presently in. I'm sure he would believe it a good investment to prevent any of the guns from killing an innocent person in another robbery, etc..

I too wonder how these weapons were secured in this building. Obviously, the big plate glass window did nothing but showcase them.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: i agree

Yea...I wonder why the guns were out in the open as well. I realise everyone runs their business their way. I just think about my brother in laws Pawn shops. All the handguns and rifles were locked in a safe everynight.

This is the kind of stuff low lifes look for. I can hear it now...."Hey man this guy leaves his guns out at night. I've checked still in the same spot as 3 days ago" . " oh and look bars only half way up the window."

Alttle glass breaking, a climb over a rail, and now 15 guns are in the hands of criminals.....Nice.. Lets hope they lock up guns now.

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Anyone taking bets and odds this gun thief is not going to voluntary register these 15 guns, nor submit to a background check, or psychological test? Now my guess is he or she or they will sell them or use them and doubt they will be sold at any gun show, more than likely on some street corner in some state where their value is high due to draconian gun laws, to someone who will also not register them, submit to any background or mental exams, a high market place right now is New York State since they just passed one of them draconian laws for their citizens, or California where they have similiar but not quite such draconian laws even if every state had these laws much like prohibition on alcohol it did not stop the folks who liked alcohol from drinking, the speak easy's ran with gusto, the moonshiners worked full time, smugglers were getting rich selling to the bootleggers like the Kennedy clan which turned their ill gaine fortune to a clean fortune post prohibition! I guess history and people do not change!

Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013
Article comment by: B Hopkins

Why arn't these guns locked in a safe overnight?? Seems that would be the way to keep them safe?? Why??

Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

@ desert dweller
Read the related story..........oh wait! You already did and were one of the first to comment.

Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013
Article comment by: desert dweller

No burglar alarm?

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