Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Columbus Field Division
At The Frontline Against Violent Crime
For Immediate Release
Aug. 11, 2011
Contact: Senior Special Agent David D. Coulson
Public Information Officer
ATF Offers Reward in Gun Shop Burglary
28 Handguns Stolen from Eastlake
Eastlake, Ohio – The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the theft of firearms from Sherwin Shooting Sports, 33140 Vine St., Eastlake, Ohio. The burglary occurred at approximately 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday.
ATF and the Eastlake Police Department are investigating the theft of 28 firearms. Investigators have developed information regarding this burglary; however, they need additional information from the public that may assist them in solving the case. These firearms pose a potential danger and investigators are seeking information that would aid in the resolution of this investigation.
Through experience, we know that stolen firearms are often used by violent criminals, such as gang members and drug dealers, to perpetrate additional crimes, said Ed Dabkowksi, ATF Supervisory Special Agent in Cleveland.
Law enforcement is seeking assistance from the public in locating these weapons and identifying those responsible.
Anyone with information is asked to call the ATF crime gun hotline 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867) or the Eastlake Police Department at (440) 951-1400. The ATF hotline is toll free and callers may remain anonymous.
ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over violent crimes involving firearms. ATF also regulates the firearms industry to ensure licensed gun dealers sell guns in accordance with federal regulations.
More information on ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.