It was a Green Valley Ranch resident's call after hearing gun shots near their home, that led Denver Police Department officers to find five guns that were stolen during a smash-and-grab at a Stapleton outdoor recreation shop earlier this month.
When police got to the home in the area of East 42nd Avenue and Picadilly Road to investigate, they found a bullet hole in a car door. They also found Michael Contreras, 21, hiding under his bed with four children and another man, Albert Segura, hiding in a bathroom cabinet.
Contreras told police a rifle misfired while he was intoxicated, and when officers searched the serial number they realized it was one of the stolen Bass Pro Guns, which still had Bass Pro price tag.
In total, officers were able to recover five rifles and a crossbow.
Contreras was arrested for investigation of Second Degree Burglary, Theft, Reckless Endangerment and on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear.
Denver Police Commander Ron Thomas told Denver7 this is a perfect example of why you should always report anything out of the ordinary.
“Often I think people hear shots and they don’t call the police because they don’t know where they came from or they think someone else called. But in this case I think it was very helpful,” Thomas said.
At this point police are not confirming if Contreras and Segura are the men in surveillance video who stole the guns.