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Friday, September 05, 2014

ATF, Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Gun Store Burglary


SPENCER, Iowa — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with the Spencer Police Department and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, today announced a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the firearms theft from the federally licensed firearms (FFL) dealer Southern Archery, 305 S.E. 11th Street, in Spencer. The NSSF is matching the reward for a total of $10,000.

On July 22, 2014, unknown suspects broke into Southern Archery and stole a large number of firearms from the business. This theft is being investigated jointly by ATF and the Spencer Police Department. Anyone having information about the theft or the whereabouts of the stolen firearms is urged to call ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867) or the Spencer Police Department at (712) 262-2151.

This reward is part of a larger nationwide initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF rewards in cases involving the theft of firearms from FFLs. This partnership is one of many ways that ATF works closely with industry members to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.

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