Weapons stolen from residence

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By Jon Johnson

jon@gilavalleycentral.net

SAFFORD – A man reported a burglary early Friday morning in which multiple firearms were stolen.

Police responded to an address in the 1500 block of W. 27th Street at about 7:06 a.m. regarding the incident. The homeowner said he had left for work the previous night and when he returned home that morning noticed that his his home had been burglarized.

The resident reported some of his belongings were scattered across his bed and he was missing multiple firearms, including a black, 9-mm Ruger handgun, a .36-caliber black powder rifle and a model 54 black powder rifle. The firearms were valued at $1,350.

The man had wired his residence with four surveillance cameras but the perpetrators had disconnected the by tearing out the wires.

Some surveillance footage was salvaged, however, and showed three male subjects roaming about the house at about 1:30 a.m. Investigators gathered other evidence and followed a foot trail from the burglarized home back to the Pinaleno Apartment complex. Additional information came to light that led investigators to believe at least some of the perpetrators might be related to the victim. The case was forwarded to detectives to continue the investigation.

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