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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

June 8, 2012

Contact: Senior Special Agent David D. Coulson

Public Information Officer

(219) 746-9776

Lieutenant Daniel Swafford, Vandalia Division of Police

(937) 898-5868

ATF Offers Reward in Gun Shop Burglary

31 Firearms Stolen from Vandalia Range and Armory

VANDALIA, Ohio – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Vandalia Police Department, today announced 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 Vandalia Range and Armory, 100 Corporate Center Drive, Vandalia, Ohio, on May 4.

ATF and the Vandalia Police Department are investigating the theft of 31 firearms. Investigators have developed information regarding this burglary however they need additional information from the public that may assist in solving the case. The attached photographs depict persons of interest whom law enforcement would like to identify and subsequently interview concerning this investigation.

Through experience, we know that stolen firearms are used in furtherance of drug and gang related activities, and as well are utilized by violent criminals to perpetrate additional crimes, said Robert Browning, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Columbus Field Division.

Vandalia Police Chief Doug Knight added, 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 Vandalia Police Department at (937) 898-5868. The ATF hotline is toll free and 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

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