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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Larry & Carolyn Mix

September 30, 2010
For Immediate Release
Rick Wallner, 719-383-5024
Burglars Nab Historic Weapons from Bent’s Fort

     Thieves broke into Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site early Tuesday morning and stole nine reproduction guns and the contents of the site’s donation box. Alarms and a quick response by Otero County Sheriff’s Office Deputies likely prevented further losses.

     Three locks were broken giving access to the fort’s donation box, the trade room and the fee collection area of the fort. The donation box was broken and an unknown amount of money was removed. In the trade room, the gun rack was ransacked with nine reproduction historic weapons stolen. Estimated value of the loss is $9,000.

     Burglaries also occurred in the past week at the Boggsville Historic Site south of Las Animas. Buffalo hides and cash were stolen there.

     Deputies responding to the Bent’s Old Fort alarm collected evidence left behind by the perpetrators. A cooperative investigation by the Otero County Sheriff’s Office and National Park Service Law Enforcement officers is continuing.

     A tip-line has been set up with the Otero County S.O. and a reward is being offered for any information that leads to the successful prosecution of this crime. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (719) 384-5941.
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