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Saturday, April 29, 2017

ATF, Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Ripley Firearms Theft



RIPLEY, W.Va. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry – have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from J’s Pawn Shop, a federal firearms licensee.

ATF is offering a reward of up to $1,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total possible reward of up to $2,000.

On April 6, 2017, unknown persons burglarized J’s Pawn Shop, located in Ripley, and stole an undetermined number of firearms.  The individuals forcibly gained entry into the store.   

Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867), email ATFTips@atf.gov (link sends e-mail), contact ATF through its website at www.atf.gov/contact/atftips, or texted to 63975 using the code ATFLOU. Tips can also be submitted by using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting www.reportit.com (link is external). All tips will be kept confidential.

The reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches 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.

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