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Friday, May 19, 2017

ATF Offers Reward in Firearms Theft



ATF, Anniston Police Department and the firearms industry seek the public’s help in Anniston firearms theft

ANNISTON, Ala. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in conjunction with the Anniston Police Department 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 for those responsible for the theft of firearms from a vehicle in downtown area of Anniston.

On Monday, May 8, 2017, a vehicle in the downtown area of Anniston was broken into and several high-value firearms were stolen from between the hours of 4 and 5 a.m. During the burglary, a Steyr AUG rifle and a Steyr SSG-04 rifle were taken, see photos below that represent these types of firearms. A person of interest has been identified.

ATF is offering a reward in the amount of up to $2,500, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $5,000. Additionally, ATF will offer a reward for individual firearms surrendered to law enforcement as part of this theft.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867) or the Anniston Police Department (256) 238-1800. Information can also be sent to ATF via the mobile app www.reportit.com (link is external) by using the Nashville field division as the location.

ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction involving firearms and violent crimes, and regulates the firearm industry. ATF works closely with members of the firearm industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms. More information about ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.

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