Stolen Firearm Stats, Pima County, AZ

Brian Freskos filed this request with the Pima County Sheriff of Pima County, AZ.


From: Ben Hallman


Under the state public records law, I am a journalist writing to request data from your department as part of a national project on stolen firearms. Can your department please provide the following:

1) Number of guns that were stolen in each 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and 2016.

2) Number of guns that were stolen from motor vehicles in each 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

For both Nos. 1 and 2, we are only seeking the number of guns stolen for each year, not police reports or any other details. If possible, please include only the number of stolen firearms, not lost firearms. If lost firearms must be included, please advise us.

I am a reporter with The Trace (, a nonprofit news organization, making this request through MuckRock’s public records request management service. These figures will be made available to the general public. This request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. Please make all invoices out to The Trace.

I would prefer the request be completed electronically and the information sent to me here or this email:

If information must be sent by mail, please send to the following address:

The Trace (WeWork)
Attn: Brian Freskos
428 Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Thank you for your help with filling this request. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me on my cell phone at (919) 522-6354.

Thank you,
Brian Freskos

From: Ryan Inglett

Good Morning,

I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. Here are the numbers I was able to get. I do need to say these numbers are rough, epically the car numbers. When looking up the numbers we look for the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) code used by the deputy/detective. When we used UCR codes we look at the “big picture” for that particular case. So, not all cases are given a code that directly relates to a stolen firearm. Another thing to note is these numbers are for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department only.

2006- 237
*from a vehicle- 32
*from a vehicle- 40
2008- 314
*from a vehicle- 47
2009- 273
*from a vehicle- 32
2010- 269
*from a vehicle- 47
2011- 318
*from a vehicle- 41
2012- 297
*from a vehicle- 54
2013- 350
*from a vehicle- 72
2014- 243
*from a vehicle- 46
2015- 235
*from a vehicle- 71
2016- 330
*from a vehicle- 87

Thank you,
Deputy Ryan Inglett #5061
Pima County Sheriff’s Department
Public Information Officer
520-351-4366 Ofc
520-237-3740 PIO hotline
520-351-4902 Fax<>

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you so much! And please along my thanks to anyone who also assisted.


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