Crime & Courts

Man arrested in connection with theft of 36 guns from Anchorage shop

Anchorage police have arrested one of the two men accused of breaking into a local knife and gun shop and stealing 36 firearms on Sept. 7.

Officers arrested 31-year-old Seth Kaufman on Sunday night after receiving a tip that he was staying at the Motel 6 in Midtown, said a statement from police Thursday.

Police said when officers tried to contact Kaufman, he jumped out of a window and ran. A K-9 unit stopped him.

Kaufman was arrested and faces multiple charges, including first-degree burglary and first-degree theft.

Police recovered four of the stolen guns, according to Jason Chudy, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Detectives continue to search for the second suspect, police said. In an effort to find him, they released a portion of the surveillance video footage from the burglarized shop on the police department's Facebook page.

EDC Alaska firearm burglary video

Update: Seth Kaufman arrested in firearms investigation; $10,000 reward remains in search for 2nd suspect

Posted by Anchorage Police Department on Thursday, September 14, 2017

The suspect still wanted was wearing a "baseball-type hat" and a red bandana covering the lower part of his face when he entered EDC Alaska in Anchorage last week and stole guns. He also wore a black hooded jacket, gray sweatpants and brown boots "with a white bottom trim," according to police.

Police said in Thursday's statement that ATF and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information in the case.

Tegan Hanlon

Tegan Hanlon was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News between 2013 and 2019. She now reports for Alaska Public Media.