Friday, January 25, 2008

More guns turn up

More guns have surfaced from the The October 1 burglary of Scheel's All Sports in Lincoln. I wrote about the circumstances of some of the recoveries previously, but the most recent three guns, which have been recovered in the past week, have yet to hit the news. So, here's the summary of all eight Scheel's guns that have turned up in the Phoenix area so far:

1. November 30, 2007: Gun one recovered, a .45 cal. Glock. Phoenix officers investigating a juvenile case found the gun laying on the ground, apparently dropped by someone in a small group that took off as the officers approached.

2. December 4, 2007: Gun two recovered, a 9mm Glock found by Phoenix police investigating the apparent suicide of a 26 year old man who used the stolen gun to shoot himself .

3. December 5, 2007: Guns three and four recovered, a Ruger .45 and a Ruger .40. Both guns were recovered by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office during a vehicle stop. Approximately 10 pounds of methamphetamine and the guns were found in the vehicle.

4. December 28, 2007: Gun five recovered, a Glock .357. Phoenix police investigating a chop shop found the gun in the possession of one of the occupants.

5. January 16, 2008: Guns six and seven recovered, two Springfield Armory .45s. These guns were recovered by Phoenix police after an armed carjacking. Officers located the two suspects, and found the guns inside the stolen vehicle.

6. January 20, 2008: Gun eight recovered, another .45 cal. Springfield. The gun was recovered when the Phoenix police rescued a kidnapping victim who was being held for ransom.

That's a pretty hefty string of crimes in the Phoenix area connected with our largest-ever Lincoln gun burglary: a suicide, a big meth bust, a chop shop investigation, an armed car jacking, and a brutal kidnapping--so far.

There are still 44 guns missing.


Anonymous said...

So how does this Phoenix-Lincoln pipeline work? Mexi-meth comes this way, stolen guns and money go that way? Probably just as important - who's running it?

Anonymous said...

Good job to all law officers involved! Your hard work makes us all feel more safe at night, and during the day for that matter.

JoeMerchant24 said...

To further compound the NE-AZ connection:

From KETV:

On Tuesday, a trooper stopped a 2008 Dodge Avenger with Arizona plates near the Platte River Bridge in Sarpy County on suspicion of following too close. The trooper found 25 pounds of marijuana and a stolen .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun, the NSP said. The marijuana and gun were located in luggage in the trunk of the vehicle. The marijuana was packaged in individual vacuum-sealed bags, the trooper said. A records check of the gun showed that it had been entered as stolen out of Phoenix, Ariz.