Reward offered in firearm theft that occurred during looting of Atlanta area


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A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of 42 firearms stolen during the protests and looting in the Atlanta area.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, are offering the reward – up to $5,000 from the ATF which will be matched by the NSSF.

The theft resulted in 42 weapons being stolen at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, May 30, from Chuck’s Firearms Inc., located at 761A Miami Circle in Atlanta.

“We take this crime very seriously,” said ATF Atlanta Field Division Special Agent in Charge Arthur Peralta. “Firearms trafficking is a serious offense that results in significant federal prison time for the person or persons responsible.”

According to a press release issued by the ATF, the reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF rewards in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licenses firearms retailers. The ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the ATF at 800.ATF.TIPS (800.283.8477), by email at ATFTips@atf.gov or through its website at http://www.atf.gov/contact/atf-tips.

Tips may be submitted anonymously using the Reportit app or by visiting www.reportit.com.

The ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction in violent crimes involving firearms and regulation of the firearms industry. For additional information, please visit www.atf.gov.

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