Guns, assault rifles stolen in Parker apartment burglary

PARKER, Colo. - Police are investigating an apartment burglary where six weapons were stolen including assault rifles.

Burglars took two AR15's, an AK47, a 9mm Glock, and two other guns from an apartment near Jordan Road and E470 in Parker, police said.

"Detectives are working closely with the victim to identify possible suspects in this case," Parker police said in a community alert email. "However, at the time of this release none of the weapons have been located."

The missing weapons are:

- Remington 700 30-06

- Ruger Mini 14

- I.O. Inc Casar AK47

- Armalite M15 AR15

- Vulcan Arms AR15

- Glock 17 9mm


7NEWS discovered there is no system in place for gun shops to verify if they're being sold a stolen gun. There is also no database that exists as a gun show or for private sales.

At pawn shops, police are notified and provided the serial number when someone brings a gun in to sell. Before the pawn shop can sell the gun, police run the serial number through a database to make sure it's not a stolen gun.

Gun stores do provide a gun's serial number to Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The ATF is able to check and see if the gun is stolen, but that is not done at the store level.

In many cases, a stolen gun isn't discovered stolen until it's recovered at a crime scene. Once investigators find a weapon at a crime scene, they trace the serial number back to the manufacturer. The manufacturer then tells investigators who the distributor was, and the gun is tracked from owner to owner as part of the investigation.

If you know anything about the burglary or the guns, police ask that you call Parker Police Detective Michael Buoniconti at 303-805-6524 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). Tips can also be sent via text to 274637. Police said tipsters may remain anonymous, with no pressure to reveal their identity, and still collect a reward.

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