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.