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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

April 22, 2011

www.atf.gov

Contact: SOO/PIO Christopher Sharp

(813) 202-7318

ATF Offers $5,000 Reward for Information Regarding a Theft of Firearms

12 Firearms Stolen From Licensed Dealer

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. — Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Virginia O’Brien, Tampa 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 or persons responsible for the burglary of Angel’s Gun Shop and Business Center located at 30871 Blue Star Highway, Midway, Fla.

In the early morning hours of March 20, 2011, 12 firearms were stolen during a burglary of Angel’s Gun Shop and Business Center, a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL). This is the second burglary and theft of firearms from Angel’s Gun Shop and Business Center in the last 18 months. During the March 20 burglary nine hand guns, two black powder weapons and one long gun were stolen from the FFL.

The theft of firearms poses a serious threat to the community, said O’Brien. These firearms, in the hands of criminals, can cause immeasurable harm to innocent victims.

ATF is the federal law enforcement agency that investigates firearms thefts, which can result in significant federal prison sentences for the person or persons responsible.

The burglary of Angel’s Gun Shop and Business Center is being investigated by ATF’s Tallahassee Field Office and the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information about this crime should contact the following agencies:

ATF Gun Hotline: (800) ATF GUNS or (800) 283–4867

ATF Tallahassee Field Office: (850) 942–9660

Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office: (850) 627–9233.

All information will be treated confidentially and callers can remain anonymous.

More information on ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.gov.

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