Castle Rock police say they have recovered multiple firearms that had recently been reported stolen from a Castle Rock gun store after a suspect turned the firearms over to authorities when contacted by police.
Police are not identifying the 17-year-old male suspect in the investigation because he is a juvenile, although they confirmed he is a resident of unincorporated Douglas County near northern Castle Rock.
Joe Cybert, spokesman for the Castle Rock Police Department, said charges had not been filed as of Aug. 8.
Police began searching for the teen after the owner of DCF Guns, located at the 1100 block of Park Street, notified police Aug. 3 he'd discovered two missing handguns.
Authorities released surveillance video from the store and received a tip from the community possibly identifying the suspect.
Police made contact with him on Aug. 4. He then “through his attorney, has turned over the handguns to the Castle Rock Police Department,” according to a news release from the agency on Aug. 7.
Cybert said police were not releasing how many firearms were recovered but that it was more than the two reported missing. All the firearms were handguns, he said.
The department said it “will be filing the appropriate charges” with the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office in its news release. The suspect was not arrested or detained when officers made contact with him on Aug. 4, Cybert said, but has made statements to detectives on the case.
Police Chief Jack Cauley said in an Aug, 7 statement that police do not know the suspect's motivation in allegedly stealing the handguns. He also thanked the community for its assistance.
“Any day multiple stolen guns are recovered is a good day for law enforcement and the community,” he said.
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