Air Force recovers stolen materials from raid

Air Force recovers stolen materials from raid

By Marco Villarreal. CREATED Aug 20, 2011

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- We're learning more on why the U.S. Air Force raided a local gun store. They say it wasn't guns they were looking for.

An official from the Air Force is speaking to Action News about that raid. New information clarifies that this may have been an inside job, and the penalties could turn out to be very severe.

It was an afternoon that rocked businesses near Dean Martin and Flamingo. Local and federal law enforcement agencies swarmed in and served search warrants on Citadel Gun and Safe.

New information gives us an insight on the massive raid that up until now, authorities were tight-lipped about. Turns out it was the Air Force Office of Special Investigations that led the raid.

"They went in there and did in fact find stolen air force military property that was stolen from Nellis Air Force Base," said Linda Card with the Air Force OSI.

Metro lent a hand, as well as the FBI, ATF, and ICE. The recovered material would not have posed a danger to citizens, a spokesperson from the Air Force said.

"It did not include weapons, guns, explosives of any kind, bombs, nothing like that. It was basic stolen military property," Card said.

It's unclear what "basic military property" really is. We went to the Citadel Gun and Safe store Saturday it was open for business, but they promptly told us they would not comment. After questioning the store owner and raiding his home, authorites have turned their investigation to Nellis Air Force Base.

"If someone is in fact guilty at Nellis and they did steal military equipment and they tried to sell it outside, yes they will be charged for whatever it is that they did," Card said.

So far, no one has been charged, but as the questioning continues. Formal charges could come as early as next week. We're told the gun store's owner did cooperate with authorities, and the investigation is still open.