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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms released a report Tuesday detailing recent investigations and arrests into gun thefts across the state.

The report announced 16 people have been charged in federal court in connection to eight different plots to break into businesses that sell guns in Colorado from late 2016 and 2017, including Dragon Arms and Top Dollar Pawn in El Paso County.

The ATF said 400 firearms have been stolen so far in 2017.

Agents said Jennifer Scoggin, Camron Specht, Ryan Sharpe, and Gian Carlos Vance stole multiple handguns, shotguns and rifles from the Shooting range and federal firearms licensee on Aug. 27. They are four of the 16 who have been arrested, and are charged with theft of firearms from a federal licensee.

Earlier last summer, ATF agents said 41-year-old Colorado Springs man, Adam Paul Mowery, broke into Top Dollar Pawn Shop and stole guns from the store. Agents also said 26-year-old Cole Truitt Anderson of Florissant possessed some of the weapons stolen from the store along a stolen sawed-off shotgun.

Mowery and Anderson both face charges of possession of stolen firearms, possession of firearms by a prohibited person and possession of unregistered firearms.

“These are no property crimes. These are life and death crimes. Stolen guns go straight into the hands of criminals, not hunters and target shooters,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer said in a news release. “The people who bring this violence into our communities will be introduced to federal justice, up close and personal, for a long time.”

Two Missouri men were also charged with stealing guns from Best Way Sales in Springfield on Aug. 11. Agents said 23-year-old Calvin Terrell Stafford and Napoleon Williams scouted the location, broke in and drove the guns back to Missouri. They were eventually identified and charged with conspiracy, theft of firearms from an federal firearms licensee and possession of stolen firearms. 

Another eight people have been arrested and charged in connection to  separate burglaries at other federally licensed gun stores in Lone Tree, Thornton, Adams County and Jefferson County.

If convicted, the suspects can face five to 10 years in federal prison per count and a fine up to $250,000. Some of the suspects are also facing state charges along with federal charges.

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