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Gun in high-profile theft shows up six years later

This Vektor SS-77 .308 belt-fed machine gun, stolen in 2009, was found in the storage unit belonging to a suspected murderer who killed himself in 2014. (Courtesy of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives)

This Vektor SS-77 .308 belt-fed machine gun, stolen in 2009, was found in the storage unit belonging to a suspected murderer who killed himself in 2014. (Courtesy of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In August 2014, Marcos Delgado, 46, was the target of a weeklong police manhunt after shooting his ex-girlfriend to death and wounding three other women outside a car detailing shop on Vassar NE.

A week after the shooting, police chased Delgado through the North Valley. He fired gunshots at them and fatally turned the gun on himself.

After the violence, federal drug agents were finishing their own investigation of Delgado’s alleged methamphetamine activities when they were given permission to search a storage unit he owned.

There, they found a Vektor SS-77 .308 belt-fed machine gun stolen in 2009 in one of the biggest gun thefts in the state’s history.

It was one of more than 250 firearms stolen by a group led by Sheryl Anderson who broke into a storage facility in Torrance County owned by her brother, a licensed firearms dealer.

Anderson is serving a federal prison sentence.

The group used acetylene torches to open the firearm safes in the isolated storage building and used trailers to haul off the guns.

Despite extensive investigation, fewer than 30 of the 250 firearms stolen in the burglary have been recovered by law enforcement, among them five weapons recovered by Mexican police.

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