'Gunsmoke' victim to early morning burglary


Burglars broke into and stole merchandise from a Wheat Ridge gun shop made famous by the Discovery Channel's “American Guns.”

An audible burglary alarm went off inside Gunsmoke at 4:12 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, and police responded to the shop, which is at 9690 W. 44th Ave., said Wheat Ridge Police spokesman Joe Cassa.

The burglars were able to enter the store by prying off a vent cover on the roof and going through the hole, Cassa said. They exited the building through a broken window on the southwest corner of the building.

“It appears it was more than one person, and we do not have any suspect information,” Cassa said. “There was a witness to this that described a vehicle a silver two-door care leaving the gun shop parking lot and heading east on 44th Avenue. That is the only description.”

The witness did not have any other information regarding possible suspects.

The Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting Wheat Ridge Police in the investigation, Cassa said.

“The reason for their involvement is because they are the federal agency who regulates the industry and are notified of these kinds of situations,” he said.

As of 3:30 p.m. Feb. 28, the number and types of weapons stolen was still under investigation.

“They take a complete inventory of the gun shop,” Cassa said. “Through that it is determined what exact weapons were stolen.”

Anyone with information regarding the burglary is asked to call the Wheat Ridge Police Department tip line at 303-235-2947.


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