DENVER — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Thornton Police Department are offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects who burglarized Jumping Jack Cash at 8851 Washington St. in Thornton, Colorado, at about 3:20 a.m., Aug. 23.
About 35 handguns and long guns were taken from the store along with other items. ATF investigators are completing a firearms inventory to determine a final count.
This burglary is not believed to be related to the gun dealer burglaries in Littleton earlier this summer.
ATF and Thornton PD are jointly investigating the burglary.
Anyone with information should call the Thornton Police Department nonemergency line at 720-977-5069 or the ATF Tip Line at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (283-4867). Callers to the ATF tip line can remain anonymous.
ATF is responsible for leading investigations of stolen firearms from licensed firearm retailers, otherwise known as federal firearms licensees, or FFLs. These retailers are the only businesses permitted to legally import, buy or sell firearms and ammunition within the U.S.
There has been an increase in gun dealer burglaries around the country, including in Colorado. So far in 2016, almost 170 firearms have been stolen from licensed gun dealers in the Denver Metro area, which is already more than the 2015 Colorado total of 121 firearms.