Hartford – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Boston Field Division and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, have announced a combined reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the theft of fifty firearms from a from R + L Carriers in South Windsor, CT. ATF Special Agents and Industry Operations Investigators are working with detectives from South Windsor Police Department on this investigation.
On Friday, August 13th at 12:50 a.m. a shipment of fifty (50) firearms was delivered to R + L Carriers in South Windsor, CT. The pallet was scanned by a manager and loaded into “trap trailer” or waiting compartment. The pallet was discovered missing on August 16th.
“A person who uses criminal means to obtain a firearm is someone who needs to be brought to justice and firearms obtained illegally are almost certainly destined to be used for criminal purposes,” said ATF Boston Special Agent in Charge James M. Ferguson. “It is ATF’s top priority to make sure our communities stay safe and that businesses can operate without fear of incidents like this occurring. We are asking that members of the public who may know something about this incident or the whereabouts of these firearms to come forward.”
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact investigators immediately at 860-935-8080 or call 888- ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477) or send an email to ATFTips@atf.gov.
Tips can also be sent anonymously via the reportit® app using ATF Boston Field Division as the location. It is available through the Google Play Store, Apple App Store, and at www.reportit.com.
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. This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF rewards in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers.
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.