Two suspects arrested after guns, ammo stolen from trailer at Indianapolis gun store

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Clifford Helm (left) and Linda Panken (right)

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 25, 2014) – Indianapolis Metropolitan police confirm two people have been arrested in connection with a stolen gun case.

Detectives arrested Clifford Helm, 42, and Linda Panken, 54, in connection with the case. The ATF Achilles Task Force–a group that includes officers from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Lawrence Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, ATF and Indiana State Police–made the arrests.

The joint investigation into the stolen trailer and guns led to charges of possession of a machine gun, theft, carrying a handgun without a license and possession of paraphernalia for Helm. Panken was charged with possession of cocaine. Investigators said the arrests were made early Thursday morning. Both suspects have been taken to the Arrestee Processing Center.

Police found additional evidence during the arrest but couldn’t say if it was connected to the theft.

The owner of Profire Arms and Supply called police Saturday morning, saying someone had stolen a white 2014 Stealth Trailer from outside his shop at 7341 Rockville Rd.  The trailer contained 20,000 rounds of ammunition and 29 different guns, including M-16 rifles, AK-47s, an Uzi, and different shotgun and handgun models.

The trailer was located in the 4400 block of Ralston Avenue on the north side of Indianapolis Monday night. However, the trailer was empty.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. The ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total possible reward of $10,000.

Some of the guns from the trailer were located at an Indianapolis home late Monday night.

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