Igo Inn owner offers $500 reward to return stolen antique guns | News
IGO, California- The Igo Inn offers a $500 reward after someone breaks in and steals six valuable antique guns.
Rifles include two made during the Civil War, while the others date from the late 1800s and early 1900s:
- 1900 Hawkins-Allen 12 gauge single shot shotgun
- 44 Caliber Kentucky Long Rifle
- 12 gauge Outgoing under action
- 12 Gauge Damascus Shotgun
One of the stolen weapons belonged to the grandfather of Igo Inn event manager Bryan Collier.
Collier discovered the guns were missing after he arrived at work on Wednesday morning and said the robbery must have taken place Tuesday evening after he returned home.
He said he arrived and noticed the back door was unlocked before entering the bar and noticing the gun rack was completely empty.
One of the windows at the front of the hostel was also smashed, but nothing else was damaged and no money was taken.
The only items left inside the hostel included an abandoned credit card, a cigarette and a small knife.
Igo Inn owner Max Snyder told Action News Now the total value of the stolen guns was around $5,000.
Snyder and Collier have pooled their money to offer the $500 reward if someone identifies a person involved or returns the stolen guns.
Collier expects to be able to find a few of them.
“Two of them have serial numbers, so we’ve been spreading the word to some of the pawnshops in town, and hopefully someone tries to sell them or put them on eBay or craigslist or something and we can hunt them that way,” Collier said.
Collier told Action News Now there has been a lot of community support since the theft, and many people in the Igo community want to make sure the hostel’s history is protected.
“The reason the community loves the Igo Inn so much is because it’s the oldest building around, built in 1883,” Collier said. “Everyone wants this building preserved and saved, and it’s a personal violation when something like this happens at the Igo Inn. Plain and simple, we want our weapons back.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the theft and hopes to find a suspect soon.