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The recent rash of burglaries targeting firearms retailers reached Lone Tree as thieves broke into the Cabela's outdoor supply store at 10670 Cabela Drive in Lone Tree at about 1 a.m. Aug. 10.
Multiple suspects crashed an SUV into the front door to gain access to the store, making off with an unspecified number of firearms, according to Lisa Meiman, public information officer for the Denver division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
“This is a very important issue to the ATF, and it's our top priority to find out who the suspects are and arrest them,” Meiman said.
Meiman said the bureau is assisting the Lone Tree Police Department with the investigation, reviewing surveillance video and comparing store inventory with Cabela's management to determine the number and value of the weapons stolen.
The robbery is the latest in a series of similar incidents, including recent burglaries and attempted burglaries of gun stores in Castle Rock, Littleton, Parker and Lakewood. Meiman couldn't confirm whether the robberies are connected.
“We can't go into an investigation with any preconceived ideas,” she said, “but at this point we aren't ruling that out either.”
The ATF is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects in this year's burglaries. Anyone with information can call the tip line at 1-800-283-4867, or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Tips can also be submitted at reportit.com or through the ATF's “reportit” app.
“We encourage anyone with any information about this to call us before these guns make their way into the wrong hands,” Meiman said.
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