A gun store in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was targeted during the riots and looting that have gripped the country. Federal and local authorities are investigating the heist, in which 150 total firearms were stolen. The shop’s power was severed beforehand, cutting power to the security cameras.
The break-in and theft of 115 pistols and 35 rifles of “various models and calibers” happened around 2:30 a.m. at JCT Firearms on Old Coors, just south of Central, according to a news release from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
“It’s a significant amount of guns that were taken out of there, obviously in the hands of criminals,” ATF spokesman Tom Mangan said Wednesday, adding that no arrests have been made and no guns have been recovered.
The federal agency is stepping in to help Albuquerque police track down the people involved and get back the firearms. The ATF and National Shooting Sports Foundation are offering a joint reward of $10,000 for information about the crime.
In fact, he said the thieves showed a “level of sophistication” by cutting the power line beforehand, disabling the alarms and security cameras.
He said the serial numbers from all the guns have been entered into the National Crime Information Center database in the hope they turn up sooner or later.
Perhaps gun shop owners across the country should take matters into their own hands, and have an active presence outside of their businesses.
Or maybe the ATF can just call this Faster & Furiouser.