ATF Offers $5K Reward for Information on Retail Gun Theft

Oct 29, 2010, 09:00 ET from Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Investigators Seek Public's Help in Solving Crime, Recovering Stolen Guns

ATLANTA, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Atlanta Field Division today announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a recent firearms theft at American Classic Marksman, a federally licensed gun dealer in Norcross, Ga. The incident has triggered a joint investigation, being conducted by ATF and the Gwinnett County Police Department.

"We all have a vested interest in arresting those responsible and recovering these stolen guns," said ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jeffery Pearce. "We know that in many instances stolen firearms end up in the hands of violent criminals, who use them to commit additional crimes.  Law enforcement is asking for the public's assistance in removing these threats from the community."

The burglary occurred on Sept. 17, at the business located at 5303 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross, Ga.  Security cameras from within the business filmed one white male subject, make entry into the business and then exit with three firearms.  The individual made entry by crawling through duct work and eventually climbing down from the vent/ceiling area of the shooting range.  He exited the building through the same entry point.

Investigators are seeking the public's help with identifying the subject involved and providing information on the location of any or all of the stolen firearms.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call ATF's toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477).  Callers can remain anonymous.

More information about ATF is available at

Contact: Special Agent Richard Coes, Cell: (404) 931-0988

SOURCE Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives