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Theft of 15 handguns in Kona burglary triggers call for help

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Hawaii island police are seeking information about a burglary of a hunting supply store involving the theft of 15 handguns in December.

Kona patrol officers responded to a 4:23 a.m. Dec. 18 call in the Kaloko Industrial Park in the 73-5500 block of Kauhola Street, police said Tuesday.

Police said someone broke into Blue Water Hunter and stole 15 handguns and damaged two others. The 17 guns were valued at a total of $8,600.

Police ask anyone with information to call the police nonemergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Sean Smith at 326-4646, extension 262, or ssmith@co.hawaii.hi.us. Anonymous tips may be made to CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the weapons theft.

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