For Immediate Release
$10K Reward Offered for Information in Two Pierre Burglaries
Pierre, S.D. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, announced a reward today for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for two burglaries that occurred April 5 and 7 at Runnings in Pierre, South Dakota.
The Pierre Police Department and ATF are investigating the two Runnings burglaries, believed to be related. In both incidents, surveillance footage captured two individuals wearing masks and gloves forcefully entering the front door of the business, navigating directly to the firearm section, breaking into a display case and removing firearms. Between the two burglaries, four firearms were taken.
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 person or persons responsible and/or information leading to the recovery of the stolen firearms should contact ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477) or email ATFTips@atf.gov. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to ATF using the ReportIt® app, available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting www.reportit.com.
Runnings is a farm and outdoor equipment retailer located at 1600 North Harrison Avenue in Pierre.
ATF is a bureau within the Department of Justice whose mission is to prevent, interrupt and remove violent gun crime from American communities. The Saint 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.
The following images are still-frames of surveillance footage captured during the break-ins at Runnings on April 5 and 7.