ATF Announces $5,000 Reward in Riverside Firearms Burglary Investigation

Jan 13, 2010, 17:44 ET from Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

RIVERSIDE, Calif., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Special Agent in Charge John A. Torres, of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Los Angeles Field Division, and the Riverside Police Department today announced that a $5,000 reward will be offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the theft of firearms from a federal firearms licensee.  

The burglary occurred Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at approximately 4 a.m., at Riverside Magnum Range, a federal firearms licensee (FFL), or licensed gun dealer, located at 12391 Sampson Ave., in Riverside.  A suspect wearing a dark colored sweatshirt with a distinct white logo (possibly an eagle), broke into the store by smashing the front glass door and then pried open the security bars.  The suspect took several firearms (handguns and rifles) and fled in an unknown vehicle.

"The burglary and theft of firearms from an FFL is a very serious crime and a top investigative priority for ATF," said Torres. "We are asking for the public's help in our effort to apprehend and convict those responsible for this burglary.  We are confident that someone will recognize the individual in the surveillance photos and encourage them to call us."    

Anyone with information on the crime should contact ATF's toll-free, 24-hour tip line at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867) or the Riverside Police Department at (951) 353-7954.  Callers can remain anonymous.

To view the surveillance photos, or for more information about ATF and its programs, visit ATF's Web site at  

Contact:  Michael Hoffman, Special Agent – PIO

Office:  (818) 265-2507

Cell:  (951) 538-4803

SOURCE Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives