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Reward offered in pawn shop case

(Updated Mar. 16, 2:00 pm)
$5,000 reward offered
for information in theft of guns

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the gun thefts at Mr. G’s Pawn and Trade (also known as B&L Pawn Shop) in Taylorsville on Sunday, March 8.

ATF agents are assisting the Taylorsville Police Department in the investigation.

Det. Sgt. Lisa Johnson of the Taylorsville Police noted that the crime took place on Sunday morning, March 8, 2015, about 4:30 a.m. The Police Department was called in reference to the break-in. Suspects had disabled the alarm system and made entry into the building.

Apparently, the thief or thieves had tried to pry the rear door open at the shop. Failing to gain entry that way, a large, basketball-size rock was used to smash the glass in a storefront window and enter there.

The tops of three glass display cases were smashed and 13 handguns were stolen from the shop, Johnson related.

“They stole guns that are really popular now,” she added.

Several of the handguns are unique in different ways. The models include: a Diamondback Muddy Girl pink camouflage .380 caliber pistol, an American Tactical .45 that is black with textured wood grain handles, a Charter Arms pink hammerless .38 revolver, and an Armscor .45 with black textured grip.

Other guns stolen included a Charter Arms “Pink Lady” .38 revolver, a Hi-Point .380 ACP pistol, a Rossi R352 .38 revolver, a Ruger LC9S with special trigger (9mm), a Hi-Point JHP .45 pistol, a Glock Model 45 .380 pistol, a Diamondback DB9 (9mm), a Ruger SR22SP .22 pistol, a Taurus PT709 (9mm), and a Rossi Model 351 .38 caliber revolver. Photos of the stolen guns appear on pg. 2A.

Federal agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) are assisting the Taylorsville Police in the investigation.

Police warned that criminals might attempt to sell the stolen guns in this area. 

“The popularity of these types of firearms probably means they will be offered for sale to normal, law-abiding citizens. If you are looking to purchase a gun and it’s really a low price, you should suspect it’s a stolen gun,” said Johnson.

If anyone has information regarding these stolen handguns, they should contact Det. Sgt. Johnson at 828-632-2218 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, they may call Alexander County Crime Stoppers at 828-632-8555.

This collage shows the 13 guns stolen from Mr. G's Pawn Shop on Mar. 8, 2015.

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