Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Detroit Field Division
For Immediate Release
Dec. 11, 2013
Contact: Special Agent Donald Dawkins
Public Information Specialist, ATF
(313) 407-6018 (Cell)
ATF and Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Ann Arbor Firearms Theft
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Detroit Field Division, 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 of those responsible for the theft of firearms from Investment Rarities, Inc., a Federal Firearms Licensee located in Ann Arbor, Mich. ATF is offering a reward in the amount of $2,500, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of $5,000.
This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF rewards in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers. ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.
ATF and the Ann Arbor Police Department are investigating the theft of firearms during the burglary. The theft occurred during the early evening hours on Dec. 5 at 2390 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, Mich. Among the items stolen were 21 handguns and three long guns.
“The theft of firearms from licensed gun dealers is a top priority for ATF,” said Daryl McCrary, acting special agent in charge (SAC) of the ATF Detroit Field Division. “This is a crime that impacts public safety and something that ATF takes very seriously. We need to identify the individual or individuals that committed this robbery, because our experience shows us that these guns quickly become used in violent crimes,” emphasized McCrary. “We also know that tips from the public have resulted in the recovery of stolen firearms.”
ATF and the Ann Arbor Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the individuals responsible. Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to call the ATF Ann Arbor Field Office at 734-887-0060 (or 1-800-ATF-GUNS) or the Ann Arbor, Mich., police department detective bureau at 734-794-6930, or (Ann Arbor Tip Line 734-794-6939) or Ann Arbor Detective Theil at 734-794-6930 ext. 4-9302.
This is a joint investigation with the ATF and the Detroit Fire Department Arson Unit.
ATF is the federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction for investing firearms crimes. More information about ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.gov or follow ATF on Twitter!.