MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KMOX)-The ATF is offering a $10,000 reward is being for the information convicts the criminals who stole more than 71 guns from the Maryland Heights home of a retired St. Louis Police officer.
ATF Assistant Agent in Charge Jeff Fulton says, “We want leads. We want information identifying those responsible. These firearms are on the streets. They’re in criminal hands.”
Maryland Heights Police Chief Tom O’Connor says Tuesday’s thefts weren’t the first at the home in the 1900 block of Rule Avenue, “7,62 military ammunition was stolen some time back from the same resident.” O’Connor says that ammunition was taken from the home’s garage about a month ago, but the theft wasn’t reported until after the guns were stolen. O’Connor says it’s possible whoever took the ammunition, came back for the guns, but that’s not been confirmed. In fact, he says, police have no suspects at this time.
Fulton says the guns have not turned up at any shops or with any dealers, and they would know if they had, “We would expect calls from them. The (gun selling industry) are good partners in this.”
O’Connor says most of the weapons are handguns, and those are his biggest concern, “They’re going to be carried by criminals now, so they’re going to be easily concealed and they’re going to do harm.”
Click here to see the weapons, and weapons similar to those stolen.
If you come across any of the weapons, or can help identify the thieves call 1-800-ATF-GUNS.
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