Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Columbus Field Division
At The Frontline Against Violent Crime
For Immediate Release
February 9, 2012
Contact: Senior Special Agent David D. Coulson
Public Information Officer
Public Information Officer Jeff Robinson
City of Powell
ATF Offers Reward in Gun Shop Burglary
Firearms Stolen from Powder Room Gun Shop
Powell, Ohio — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons(s) responsible for the theft of firearms from Powder Room Gun Shop, 2470 East Powell Road, Powell, Ohio. The burglary occurred Wednesday in the early morning hours.
ATF, Powell Police Department, and the Ohio Bureau of Identification and Investigations are investigating the overnight theft of 80 plus 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 stolen firearms are used in furtherance of drug and gang related activities, and are also utilized by violent criminals to perpetrate additional crimes, said Robert Browning, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Columbus Field Division.
Law enforcement is seeking assistance from the public in locating these weapons and identifying those responsible.
Our collaborative law enforcement effort requires the public’s help in locating the stolen weapons and identifying the persons responsible for this crime, stated Powell Police Department Chief Gary Vest.
Anyone with information is asked to call the ATF crime gun hotline 1–800–ATF–GUNS (1–800–283–4867), the ATF Columbus Field Office at (614) 827–8450 or the Powell Police Department at (614) 396–3346 or (614) 885–5005. Callers may remain anonymous.
ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction in violent crimes involving firearms and regulates the firearms industry. More information on ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.