Through a joint investigation with the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, we are pleased to report that three guns that were stolen from the Museum of the West in early November have been recovered by law enforcement.
Shortly after 5:00pm on Monday, November 2, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to an alarm at the Museum of the West, 462 Ute Avenue. Officers were on scene within minutes of the initial alarm, and searched the building. No one was located in the search; however, it was discovered that three weapons that were displayed in a glass case had been stolen. The weapons included two handguns that had previously belonged to Sheriffs of Mesa County, as well as a gold-plated pistol, which had previously been owned by Leo Carrillo, an actor best known for his role of Pancho, in the 1950s sitcom, “The Cisco Kid.”
While the investigation into this case is still very active and ongoing, we can confirm that search warrants executed in relation to the investigation resulted in the recovery of all three handguns. No charges have been filed at this time for the burglary, and the guns will be maintained by the police department as evidence. Ultimately, the guns will be returned to the museum. Further information regarding charges or arrests in this case will be released as it becomes available.