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Friday, December 23, 2016

$10,000 Reward Offered for Information in Rogers Gun Shop Burglary



ST. PAUL, Minn. —The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), together with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the recovery of stolen firearms and/or the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the Dec. 8 burglary of Guns and Gear Store, a federal firearm licensee, in Rogers, Minnesota.

ATF is investigating the burglary that occurred at 21135 Diamond Lake Rd. South in Rogers with the Rogers Police Department and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. A number of high-end pistols and silencers were stolen during the break in.

Often times, stolen firearms end up in the hands of violent criminals. ATF’s priority is to recover the remaining stolen firearms before they can be used in violent crimes. Because of this, ATF partnered with NSSF, a firearms industry trade association, to increase the reward for helpful information in this case.

Tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-ATF-GUNS (283-4867), by visiting www.reportit.com (link is external) or through the mobile "ReportIt" app. All information may be given anonymously. Tips may also be submitted locally to Rogers Police Department at 763-428-3450, or after hours to Hennepin County Dispatch at 952-258-5321.

ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $10,000. Information eligible for reward must lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary or aid in the recovery of the stolen firearms.

The increased reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative in which NSSF matches an ATF reward in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers. ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.

ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction involving firearms and violent crimes, and regulates the firearm industry. More information about ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.

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