Feds: Weapons stockpile stolen from Lakewood gun store – KOMO News

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Worried federal and local authorities have launched an investigation after 30 pistols and other equipment for high-powered rifles was stolen from a Lakewood gun store this week.

The thief or thieves broke into Quantico Tactical at 12314 Pacific Highway SW at about 11:30 p.m. Monday and made off with the stockpile of weaponry.

Mike Zaro, assistant chief of Lakewood Police Department, said the suspects made entry by smashing through the wall of a neighboring vacant business.

About 30 Springfield Armory pistols in 9-mm, .40 and .45 calibers were stolen, along with receivers, magnifiers and $20,000 worth of high-end optical scopes for high-powered rifles.

“It’s obviously a criminal element who stole the firearms. We fear that they will be used in violent crimes,” said Brian Bennett of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. “We’d like any help we can to get those guns off the street. … We want to get the guns off the street more than the prosecution.”

Zaro echoed those concerns.

“Any firearm theft is cause for concern, but when you have them stolen en masse like this – especially by somebody who looks fairly organized – that is definitely cause for concern (due to the) many different hands that those guns can get into.”

He said police believe more than one person took part in the theft due to the amount of work involved and the amount of firepower that was stolen.

The ATF and National Shooting Sports Foundation is offering up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867) or contact the Lakewood Police Department.

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