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Gunsmoke gun shop in Wheat Ridge (credit: CBS)

Gunsmoke gun shop in Wheat Ridge (credit: CBS)

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WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (CBS4)- Police in Wheat Ridge are searching for a burglar who broke into a gun shop through the roof.

The Gunsmoke Gun Shop is located at 9690 West 44th Avenue in Wheat Ridge. It’s well known because the shop is featured on the Discovery Channel show “American Gun.”

“We have stuff in there that are pieces of literal American history and tool you’d use to defend yourself today,” said Wyatt.

The show features details about Gunsmoke’s owner, Rich Wyatt, his family, the inner workings of the shop and Gunsmoke’s specialty- hard to find weapons.

“I don’t know if the show made us a target for crime or not. We certainly are better known… they wouldn’t be the people that would watch our show. A good family values show,” said Wyatt.

Officers were notified of an alarm and arrived at the gun shop about 4:12 a.m. Wednesday.

They found a hole in the roof where at least one suspect broke inside the gun shop. The suspect or suspects escaped through the window toward the back of the building where shattered glass and the door knob remained on the ground Wednesday evening.

Wyatt isn’t sure what the burglars were looking for or if they wanted something specific.

Police continue to work with investigators of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on the inventory process to identify the weapons that were stolen.

Wyatt is confident the suspects will be found because they were caught on camera several times inside the store.

“We have video cameras inside. We have things that are going to help nail these suspects. If they’re smart they’ll turn themselves in to police before they capture themselves with those guns,” said Wyatt.

There are no suspect descriptions however police are investigating a silver two-door car that was seen leaving the gun shop at the time of the burglary.

The Wheat Ridge Police Department is asking anyone with information about the burglary to call the Wheat Ridge Police Department Tip Line at 303-235-2947.

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