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Dozens of firearms stolen in brazen smash-and-grab heist

$10,000 REWARD ANNOUNCED FOR JUNE 6 BURGLARY

Granny’s Guns, a mom-and-pop firearms dealer in Anchorage, has been the victim of a brazen robbery, where two vehicles were rammed into the front of the store on Dowling Road near Peterson Street.

Men wearing gloves entered and took an unknown number of firearms from the store, said to be 26 guns.

Owner Barry Barr said he can’t talk about the firearm heist because authorities have asked him not to. But for Anchorage, in the middle of a crime wave, there are dozens of stolen guns now on the streets, serial numbers unknown to the public since they have not been released by authorities.

Anchorage Police have made no public announcement about it in an effort to pursue quiet detective work out of the media limelight, but the news is being circulated across Facebook pages devoted to crime-fighting.

JUNE 7 UPDATE

According to Anchorage Police today at noon, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, announced a reward today for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the June 6 burglary of Granny’s Guns in Anchorage, in which about 26 firearms were taken.

ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, matched by the NSSF for a possible reward of up to $10,000.

Anchorage Police Department and ATF are investigating the burglary, in which four suspects drove a stolen vehicle through the front doors of the business at 3:59 a.m. The burglars loaded the rifles and handguns into a separate vehicle.

Photos of three of the four suspects are included in this release. Suspect one was wearing a blue long sleeve with dark hair and a white cloth over their nose and mouth. Suspect two had dark pants, dark long sleeve shirt, black vest and a hoodie on. Suspect two also had red shoes on and a dark bandana covering their face. Suspect three had gray pants, a white under shirt and a blue hoodie with “Bartlett 17” on the back. Suspect four was the passenger in one of the suspect vehicles. All of the suspects wore gloves.

Both vehicles have been recovered. The stolen vehicle used to break through the front doors was left on scene. The other vehicle was recovered later in the day of the burglary.

Anyone with information about the persons responsible and/or information leading to the recovery of the stolen firearms should contact ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477), email ATFTips@atf.gov, or contact ATF through its website at www.atf.gov/contact/atftips.

Tips may also be submitted to ATF using the ReportIt® app, available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting www.reportit.com.

All calls and tips will be kept confidential.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Well, we can hope when these punks are caught, they aren’t rotated through the revolving door and right back out on the streets.

  • Welcome to Anchorage one of the most crime-ridden cities in the country and the Mayor still doesn’t accept it.

  • How did you find this out??

      • I’m just curious how you’re in on these stories before others??
        How do you find out?

        • That’s what she does, it’s her work….

        • Andy…….don’t you understand? Suzanne is THE best.

          • Sure, but I don’t think she was THERE.
            I’m just wondering what her source is.

          • Mind your manners, Andy. You could be a lead story tomorrow.

  • The Jearkwitz theories on crime prevention proves valuable to the thieves again. The mayor and his strategies have driven this city int the sewers .
    Any subsequent use of thes firearms in crime will directly be his and his administrations fault.
    If anyone is hurt or murdered he should be held directly responsible and liable .

  • Now when these four thieves, or who ever else they sell the guns to, use these guns in a murder, it will be the gun’s fault right?

  • I bet some of them are either drug addicts or jihadists , preparing . its what you get with catholic charities bringing in 150 terrorists a year.

  • Another day, another punk robbery. How bout for once we give em 80 years in prison no parole.
    Maggots.

  • Shucks……Granny wasn’t guarding the store with her .44. ….

    • ……no guns, …..no more.

  • Sure hope all are turned over to the US Attorney General. Under Federal law, with 26 weapons at 10 years each, should be life, no parole Federal Prison!

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