$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.