$100,000 of ammunition stolen from Arvada gun store

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ARVADA, Colo. -- It’s something police don’t want in the wrong hands. And they need your help catching the criminals who stole more than $100,000 in ammunition and gun accessories in Arvada last Thursday.

Forget breaking into the actual store whose big, bold letters scream guns and ammo at 6770 W. 52nd Ave.

All the thieves had to do was drive off with their ill-gotten goods.

“The wheels were locked. The back gates were locked. The tongue. They basically cut everything that was in there,” says OD Green Supply Manager Matthew Judd.

The suspects hooked up a trailer--parked behind OD Green Supply--to a white, 2000-2006 Chevy Tahoe and made their getaway.

Then, they ditched the trailer about a mile-and-a-half away after unloading the ammo into a stolen U-Haul, according to police.

“We’re grateful they didn’t get firearms with it. But that’s a lot of ammo on the street and we don’t know whose hands they’re going to fall into,” says McGranahan.

Police say ammunition is a hot commodity—especially over the past year--because of growing demand amidst concerns of gun restrictions locally and nationally.

“With the atmosphere in the state in the last 12 to 14 months and issues with ammunition availability last year, it’s definitely desirable and easy to move in a black market situation,” says Judd.

He says he can’t just make a phone call and replace the merchandise because of scarce inventories from manufacturers.

“It draws a premium. It’s difficult to get a hold of,” says Judd.

And with no serial numbers on ammunition, tracking the shells and bullets could be a tough target to hit.

“Firearms are traced and they each have a serial number. It’s not the case with ammunition. You don’t know if you’re locating it or not,” says McGranahan.

Surveillance cameras did catch one of the criminals. But the quality is not good enough to make out details of the thief. He never looked up at the cameras.

But the cameras did get a good shot of the SUV. Police are hoping someone recognizes it and gives them a call.


    • Alex Neues

      You know I was thinking the exact same thing! There are just many coincidences there and overall knowledge of how to get in and out fast. However a $100k score like that you’re going to do your homework so your plans go flawless. Just sayin.

    • Eric Larsen

      ok i’ll admit that the only information i have on this crime is from the article here…having said that, this just SCREAMS of an inside job…someone just happened to know that A) The trailer was there..B) it was FULL (why wasn’t it unloaded and properly stored) C) the thieves just happened to have a stolen U-Haul waiting 1 1/2 miles away…I don’t think you need to be Sherlock Holmes to add this up…I’m pretty sure that the Arvada Police will figure this out fairly fast, and that someone from OD Green will be implicated.

  • Dave Bowers

    There is that much ammo sold across Colorado daily since the legislation began, between stores and private sales. It would be helpful to the law abiding pro-gun community to have an idea what kind of ammo it was (manufacture, caliber etc.) since we are the ones likely to find someone trying to sell it. Anti gun people and criminals won’t be of much use in keeping an eye out for it.
    Side note; Kind of left with the perception that your article is making an anti firearm argument for ammunition registration….

  • John Oravez

    As the owner of a gun store I can tell you it can be difficult to store everything in a secure manner but you CANNOT skimp. That trailer could have fit inside one of the owners home garages until they made room inside the shop for it. Clearly the choice to leave anything of value outside was a BAD IDEA. Guys, we are held to a higher standard so lets not give the left any more “ammo” to use against us. This is the kind of thing that will come up again and again for years as an example of why ammo needs to be registered. For $100k they could have cut right into the side of that trailer and unloaded it quickly and cutting locks is easy and with the amount you had on that trailer it screamed “something of value inside”. I sure hope you guys are vaulting the guns at night and not just depending on the locks on the doors and the alarm system to keep those secure. No lock will stop the bad guys or even cause them to rethink the act of theft. What you need is to install delays, multiple layers of security to slow them while giving police time to respond. If your lucky you will catch them in the act if you do your security right. Also installing rolling security shutters that roll in front of your ammo displays helps a lot as well. I know our margins are not great and supply is choppy at best so investing in extra security seems like an investment that just is not worth the expense but let me ask you… What kind of security could you have installed for $100k?

    It is not a matter of will we be the victim but when.

  • Justin Jiron

    Cant say I feel bad for them.. OD Green Supply has been the worst price gouger in the state since the ammo shortage.. They’ve been ripping people off for 2 years, guess it was Karma’s turn.

    • Robert Gift

      ^ Ain’t no such thing as karma, JJ. If you believe there is, I have a myth to sell to you. (Any religion will do.)
      Doubt that this quantity would be allowed in a residential neighborhood. (No storage in home garage.)
      No basement at the business?

      • johnoravez

        Unless your talking about an HOA rule no federal, local or state law prohibits any amount if ammo stored at home be it inside or in a garage. Ling term or short. I am not saying that was the ideal long term location but rather keep if off the public access (open parking lot) until you can make room in the store for it. And making room should be your number 1 priority.

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