Owner of Lynnwood gun shop unsure about 100 weapons stolen in 2010

LYNNWOOD — In March 2010, thieves struck a Lynnwood gun shop, making off with nearly 100 handguns.

At the time, Lynnwood police joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in asking the public for tips leading to anyone responsible.

Later that spring, they said no arrests had been made, and none of the guns had been recovered.

Now, more than a year and a half later, investigators won’t discuss the case. It’s not clear what happened to all the stolen weapons or if arrests ever were made.

Lynnwood police referred all questions to federal investigators. An ATF spokeswoman said they do not discuss ongoing cases.

The burglary was reported at Lynnwood Gun &Ammunition along Highway 99.

None of the guns were ever returned to the business, owner Randy Ketchum said. He heard rumors of what happened, but he doesn’t know if anyone ever was held responsible.

He believes some of the guns were recovered, but he said a federal firearms-tracing official told him that if the serial numbers were removed, there was little they could do.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

Tip line

Anyone with information about the burglary can call investigators at 800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867). There might be some reward money available.

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