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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: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: BOBO CLOWN

MORE MONEY THAN BRAINS. Cops wont find them cuss they wont look for them, SAFER for them that way. But if anyone hears about this stuff on the market call ATF they will take them down....

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: The Neighbors Deserve to Know What Lives Next to Them

Why wasn't there more detailed information about where this clown lives - northern Kingman is a big area. Most news pieces will report the 1400 block of Northern Street for example. Doug, please explain.

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Glory of Guns

Kingman Resident said it all.

Are any of these guns registered? I'll bet the "victim" wasn't even able to provide numbers.

Hey, look at all the "props" Sheahan will have to take to community meetings when he recovers them. His office has done nothing to diminish the "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.

And I suppose the owner hasn't pitched in any reward money - I guess he figures the tax payers should pay to get his guns back. I for one don't wish to.


Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: gun guy

this is the reason to buy a good made safe ..the cheap safes you buy at Walmart or Home Depo can be open by an amateur in about 2 minuteswith simple tools like a crowbar and most people put their safe in the garage so guess what every time you open the door everybody can see it .put your safe it inside your house in a closet in the back. room.

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Serves Him Right

This is obviously an individual that should NOT be allowed to have this kind of arsenal if he doesn't even know how to keep it stashed.
He should be arrested for not protecting the rest of us from his ignorance!


Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Victoria Dominguez

That's just fabulous...

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: The number is irrelevant

I dont see a mention of a gun safe. That would be my only fault on the "victims" part. The most important part of having guns especially in large number is to have them secured from everyone except you.

I know several people with litterally hundreds of guns. They all went to the expence of large very secure gun safes. I dont mean the walmart riky dink safe.

I have no problem with anyone having hundreds of guns if they choose to. Just keep them SAFELY locked away.

My guess is this was done buy someone who knows the victim or heard he had many weapons easily gotten to.

A note for all those freaking out....The number of guns a person has irrelevant. Many people amass huge collections because they are GUN COLLECTORS.....get it? There is no hidious motive or sinister plan. Its a hobby of collecting guns.

The expence of the hobby has made it very foolish to not invest in a quality safe. I hope these guns turn up at a pawn shop tho likely they have been taken out of state.


Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: pl .....

I just know that government black ops couldn't be responsible here (yuck yuck), like when they vandalised my home the day I received discharge papers in my case from the municipal court downtown, from where also my credit card had been criminally used.

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

There is a "Stupid Motorist" law in Arizona. I think we also need a "Stupid Gun Owner" law, which would certainly seem to apply in this case.

Also, if any of the weapons he had are used in a crime and can be traced back to him, he should bear some responsibility for the damages caused by his lack of diligence.



Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: A Parent

This is extremely alarming to me. It sounds like the gun owner victim may also run a gun store or business, which is fine, but either way there should have been a plan to keep the weapons fully secured. With all that we have seen happening in the news with school and business shootings I fear what could happen if these weapons are in the hands of someone unstable. I hope the police catch the crooks soon and recover the weopons. And I hope legitimate gun owners will securely lock up their weapons.

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Lori Gabriel-Dane

This "victim" had enough fire power to start his own war. What did having all those guns do to protect his home or family? If anything, the theft of all those guns in the wrong hands may now actualy jeoporize the safety of his/her family, as well as everyone else.

Snce the owner was away from home for only a short time, it's obvious the theives must have known this person had all of these weapons, so they knew exactly what they were looking for. Maybe the owner bragged about his/her collection to the wrong person? That wouldn't surprise me at all. Many people have bragged about how many and what kind of guns they own right here in these letters to the editor. If the crime rate suddenly gets much higher than it already is, we'll know who to thank for this - the "victim" who allowed his/her guns to be stolen with such ease.


Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Liberal Zod

No mention of these weapons being locked up, huh? I understand keeping one or two weapons out for home security, but maybe this guy needs to invest in a gun safe.

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: wild guess

I'll go out on a limb and say the crooks knew just what they were looking for, looks like someone knew what was in there and waited for the owner to go out. They may have had a tail on him so they would know just how long they would have to gather everything they could.

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Kman InKingman

I surely would have had a weapon and ammo cache such as this one securely locked away in a large gun safe. Geez!

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

So much for back ground checks, not likely this would have helped in this case, but now one can speculate were they stolen for use or resale!

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Not a gun nut

What is this "victim" doing with all of these weapons? I`m "disturbed" that someone would own that many guns. Maybe it was Obama that came and took them! LOL!

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: J g

They present a unique and dangerous challenge to law enforcement officers who have the obligation to track them down."

PFF.

Please, Tom. Let us know when your boys "track" these weapons/criminals down. I don't see it happening. do you remember Bennie Masters running a muck around town and your deputies were too scared to go arrest him. and it took someone being stabbed. It makes me wonder who the true criminals are.


Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Cloyd Moody

One component of being a responsible gun owner is to keep those firearms secure, I have a reasonably good sized gun safe that is anchored to the floor and the wall, it would seem that if you can afford thousands of dollars worth of guns, you should be able to afford a safe.

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman Resident

My question is why did THIS individual have such a collection of weapons. I wouldn't call him a victim!!

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Vock Wash

I have little to no companion for the victim of this crime. They brought it upon themselves. First, if as the story states he/she was away from home for a short time and the weapons and ammo were stolen so easily then it would appear the stash was not secured safely and properly. Secondly, having all that firepower left to be stolen so easily and now in the hands of criminals puts the rest of us in jeopardy. I sure hope law enforcement catches the perpetrators and recover all that was stolen and gets it off the streets and out of the hands of the criminals. But, please by no means return it to the irresponsible owner.

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

I wonder how they broke in to his safe and defeated his alarm? I mean, I'm sure the owner invested some money in those since he had so much invested in the firearms...especially a fully automatic assault rifle.

Or maybe the story should have said AK-47 STYLE semi-automatic?


Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Just A. Citizen

Did you have a safe? $2500 would have bought you a nice one.
Don't know if it would have helped though, cause the story reeks of an inside job.


Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: bobby brown

ok everyone that does suck about your guns did you ever here of a gun safe like a time lock one lock everything up nobody can get to it that's plus kid get this stuff they can die do want that on your shoulders. i wouldn't so everybody get a gun safe.to much theft going around.


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