$10,000 reward as 36 firearms stolen from EDC Alaska

Published: Sep. 8, 2017 at 10:45 PM AKDT
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Anchorage Police are searching for two people who stole 36 firearms from EDC Alaska, a gun shop on Northern Lights Blvd, early Thursday morning.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives issued a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible.

The reward will be paid in part by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry.

EDC Alaska posted a list of the missing firearms on social media; the majority of the weapons are pistols, with three shotguns, a rifle and a revolver also stolen.

Our shop was broken in to this morning, please be on the look out for these guns. If you know people who work at pawn shops, let them know these are stolen guns. Thanks Juan and Suzzy

Posted by EDC Alaska on Thursday, September 7, 2017

Jason Chudy, a public information officer for the ATF, says “we are trying to get these guns off the street as soon as possible and we want to make sure that the public is aware of that and they’re aware of the reward.”

Chudy reiterated the implications of 36 firearms potentially entering the black market: “The safety of your community is at stake here.”

Because the gun shop is a Federal Firearms Licensee this robbery is now a federal case.

Chudy says it is not uncommon to see a gun shop robbed: "Nationwide, in calendar year 2016, 558 federal firearms licensees were robbed, 7488 firearms were stolen during these burglaries. There were 33 robberies with another 370 firearms stolen.”

MJ Thim, the communications director with the Anchorage Police Department, says the thieves appear to have broken down the door, the security alarm went off and glass was everywhere.

The suspects were gone by the time officers arrived, said Thim.

Around 4 p.m., Anchorage Police, in coordination with ATF, put out a nixle alert that described the two suspects captured on the store’s low-resolution surveillance footage.

“Suspect one was wearing dark glasses and had the lower part of his face covered. Suspect one wore a black hooded jacket with an unidentified reflective emblem or logo on the left chest, blue jeans; gray or black shoes with white bottom trim.”

“Suspect two wore a baseball-type hat and a red bandana covering the lower part of his face. Suspect two also wore a black hooded jacket and gray sweatpants and had on brown ankle-length boots with white bottom trim,” said the statement.

“Both suspects wore gloves. The suspects were driving a dark-colored pickup truck.”

How to ensure you’re buying a legal gun

Chudy says ATF recommends gun buyers only shop at stores that have a Federal Firearms License (FFL), this includes in private to private sales.

The licensee can check the gun’s serial number and also see whether the buyer is legally able to buy a gun.

This is a safety mechanism for the buyer, seller and the whole community, said Chudy.