MASON CITY — A reward has been offered for the return of two guns stolen from a Mason City police vehicle.

Crime Stoppers of North Central Iowa announced Friday it will offer the reward for the return of a semiautomatic Colt M16 A1 rifle and a Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun.

Mason City Police Chief Jeff Brinkley said the reward is $250.

The guns were discovered missing on June 27.

Police believe they were taken between June 25-27 from the back seat of an unmarked police vehicle in the 300 block of South Tennessee Avenue.

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Twenty-eight rounds of .223-caliber ammunition, 17 shotgun shells with 00 buckshot and 12 slugs also were stolen.

Authorities continued to search for the weapons on Friday. No arrests have been made.

Fingerprint evidence from the vehicle has been sent to the Iowa DCI Crime Lab in Ankeny, Brinkley said.

Anyone with information about the guns can call Crime Stoppers at 800-383-0088 or visit www.crimestoppersnorthcentraliowa.com. The weapons can also be dropped off at the Mason City Police Department, 78 S. Georgia Ave.

Call 641-421-3636 to contact Mason City police directly.

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