KINGMAN - The Kingman resident who lost about 38 firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and tens of thousands of dollars worth of silver and jewels in a brazen house burglary Saturday night has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
Keith Nelson, owner of Kingman Transportation LLC taxi company, said the thief or thieves used a chain hooked to a pickup to drag his gun safe from his home.
"They stole my life savings," said Nelson.
In addition to the firearms, Nelson said the thieves stole about 500 rounds of .223-caliber ammunition, another 500 rounds of .45-caliber APC ammo and dozens of rounds of .38- and .357-caliber bullets.
Of the roughly 38 weapons, five would stand out to unsuspecting buyers, said Nelson. Colt only made the single-action revolvers for about three years before ending production. Nelson said his are black and come in a variety of calibers.
The thieves also stole about $65,000 worth of silver - bars in different weights, coins and other types of bullion.
He said they also took "a ton of emeralds."
The Fabrique Nationale safe was about three feet wide, three feet deep and five feet tall, said Nelson.
"It weighs 850 pounds empty. I don't know what else I could do," said Nelson. "Everything was in the safe. I guess I could have bolted it to the floor, but who thinks they would have to do that?"
Nelson said this was the third time thieves targeted him in the past few months. His office safe was stolen earlier this year and someone recently stole his Jeep Wrangler out of his driveway and crashed it into a van.
Nobody has been arrested in any of the crimes.
"I don't want to get in the way of deputies," he said. "And I don't know if I'll ever get anything back, but I want whoever did this to be caught."
Nelson said the fact his life savings were stolen is bad enough. He said he's also worried about his guns winding up in the wrong hands.
Witnesses reported seeing a mid-1990s, grey in color Chevrolet Silverado dragging the safe down the street.
Anyone with information on the crime, which occurred in the 4200 block of N. Willow Road Saturday night, is asked to contact the Mohave County Sheriff's Office at (928) 753-0753 or Silent Witness at (928) 753-1234.