11/04/2014 10:49 EST | Updated 01/04/2015 05:59 EST

Mounties in B.C. investigate theft of 22 guns stolen from a shed

SPALLUMCHEEN, B.C. - Police are trying to track down suspects after 22 firearms were stolen from a shed in Spallumcheen, north of Vernon, B.C.

RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says a locked safe containing 17 rifles and five handguns was taken from a shed attached to a mobile home near Highway 97 on Sunday.

The break-in was reported in the afternoon, but Molendyk says it's possible the crime happened in the early morning after a loud bang was heard.

Police are concerned that whoever has the stolen guns might try to sell them on the black market for illegal purposes.

Molendyk says it would have required several people to move the safe.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police. (CKIZ)