Carlsbad family offers reward for information on stolen guns

CARLSBAD, N.M.(KRQE)- $20,000 worth of guns stolen from a man’s home in eastern New Mexico but it’s not the money he’s worried about, it’s the memories.

Jim Connally passed away back in September. His son Forrest says while he didn’t leave behind much, what he did was irreplaceable. Forrest kept the guns his father owned. Locked away in a safe in his home just outside Carlsbad, some of them were passed down for generations.

“One shotgun was when our family moved out here in a wagon, they brought it with them and they dropped it out of the wagon, and went back the next spring and found it, and that’s been in our family, last time it was shot was in the 50’s,”said Forrest.

Last week, he found someone stole the entire safe. The crooks left scratches on the floor and knocked a hole in the wall moving the more than 500 pound safe out his front door.

“There was multiple people involved I’m sure because one person could not have done this by themselves,” said Forrest.

The safe is all they took, even though Forrest says there was plenty of other things they could have taken. He says the crooks walked through a room full of valuable things to get to the safe.

Police KRQE News 13 talked to Friday say gun thefts are pretty common but stealing a whole safe, not so much. Forrest and his mother reached out to social media for any information. They posted on Facebook and attached a $5,000 reward for information or the return of the guns.

“There’s nothing that can replace them, you know, you can’t really put a price on that,” said Forrest.

Police are currently investigating this case but haven’t come up with anything yet.

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