$10,000 reward offered in gun shop burglary

Dozens of handguns stolen from a San Bruno gun shop earlier this month remain in the hands of criminals, according to federal law enforcement officials who announced a $10,000 reward Tuesday for information on the theft.

The front door and windows of Tabor's Shooters Supply were busted open at 4:45 a.m. on Sept. 2, and 27 handguns were lifted before police arrived, according to a statement by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Officers were alerted to the burglary by the store's alarm system.

The handguns are likely to be used in violent crimes unless they are recovered, according to agency spokeswoman Nina Delgadillo.

“Once you have a firearm that goes from the legal commerce into illegal commerce, there is no positive place for that gun to end up,” Delgadillo said. “Criminals seek to have guns with a degree of anonymity – if those guns can't be traced back to them, then all the better.”

The agency offered the $10,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in the case.

Officials at the 16-year-old federally licensed store declined to comment Tuesday on the incident.

jupton@sfexaminer.com

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