For Immediate Release
$10K Reward Offered for Info in Sturgis Guns Burglary
STURGIS, S.D. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, announced a reward of up to $10,000 today for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for a burglary that occurred Monday, Nov. 1, at Sturgis Guns, a federal firearms licensee.
The Sturgis Police Department and ATF are investigating the burglary that occurred around 2:30 a.m. at 1861 Lazelle Street. Investigators believe the suspects stole 14 firearms.
“We are offering this reward as an incentive for people who may have information about this burglary,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Terry Henderson, of the St. Paul Field Division. “We are particularly interested in any video footage that residents or businesses might have captured within a four-block radius of the business, around the time of the burglary.”
“Someone out there knows who committed this crime,” he continued. “We highly encourage those with information to come forward before these firearms can be used in a crime of violence.”
ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $10,000. Information eligible for reward must lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary or aid in the recovery of the stolen firearms.
The increased reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative in which NSSF matches an ATF reward 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.
Anyone with information about the people responsible and/or information leading to the recovery of the stolen firearms should call Sturgis Police (605)347-5070 or ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email ATFTips@atf.gov or submit information anonymously via www.ReportIt.com or the Report It mobile app, available on Google Play or Apple Apps Store. When using Report It, select “ATF – St. Paul Field Division” as the reporting agency.
ATF is a bureau within the Department of Justice whose mission is to prevent, interrupt and remove violent gun crime from American communities. The St. Paul Field Division works with local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety organizations to combat violent gun crime in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.