READING, Pa. —Sam Rabadi, Special Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the theft of 28 handguns from John’s Gun and Tackle Room located in Easton, Pa.
The theft occurred at approximately 4:20 a.m. on Feb. 23rd. John’s Gun and Tackle Room is located at 2604 Freemansburg Avenue. The burglary is being investigated by ATF and the Palmer Township Police Department.
"Stolen guns often end up in the hands of violent criminals who threaten our communities. ATF is dedicated to protecting the public by identifying and arresting those responsible for these crimes," said Rabadi.
Investigators are seeking assistance from the public that may aid them in solving this theft of firearms, as well as two attempted gun store burglaries that also occurred on February 23rd:
Approximately 2:25 a.m., Lehigh Valley Guns, 629 North 13th Street, Allentown, Pa.
Approximately 3:03 a.m., Relic Hunters, 5507 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, Pa.
The surveillance images included with this release show three individuals outside of Relic Hunters just prior to that attempted burglary.
Anyone with information about this crime or the individuals shown in the surveillance images should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867), or email ATFTips@atf.gov (link sends e-mail). Tips may also be submitted to ATF through the ReportIt® app, available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting www.reportit.com (link is external).
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.