Call to IMPD leads to stolen trailer

Trailer filled with guns found empty on north east side of Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Detectives with IMPD got a break in the case Monday night of a stolen trailer loaded with weapons and ammunition.

Investigators found the stolen trailer in the 4400 block of Ralston Avenue.

Police said an alert neighbor saw the trailer and called them to the area just before 7 p.m. The trailer was reported stolen Saturday morning from ProFire gun shop on Rockville Road.

Police said the 29 military style weapons and over 20,000 rounds of ammunition inside was gone.

Monday night evidence technicians processed the trailer for evidence. A few boxes and one empty pallet were left behind.

24-Hour News 8 spoke to the man who called police about the trailer — he didn’t want to talk on camera, but said the trailer had been sitting outside in front of his home since Saturday. He said he thought it was parked in that spot because of an event this weekend at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

The man said he didn’t realize the trailer was stolen until he paused his TV after watching the news and cross-checked the license plate.

Early Monday, 24-Hour News 8 spoke with a man who owns the Parabellum Firearms in Avon. Joe Sellmer said the trailer loaded with weapons was supposed to be delivered to his range this weekend.

“We had an event planned where they were going to bring their weapons down here so people could rent them, shot them. We do that once a month,” Sellmer said.

The owner gave police a list of the weapons inside the trailer that included: 3 M16 type full automatic rifles, 2 full automatic AK47s, a Beretta machine gun and 5 HK MP5 type sub machine guns.

IMPD said these weapons in the wrong hands be very dangerous and lethal.

“This is an urgent matter that we need to have resolved very quickly,” said Officer Chris Wilburn.

The ATF and the FBI are also working on the case.

The ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000. They said that money will be matched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation for a total possible reward of $10,000.

Anyone with information is asked to called Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

 

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