For Immediate Release
$15,000 Reward Offered for Information About Gun Store Burglaries
BALTIMORE, Md. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division and Montgomery County Police Department are offering a combined reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest of individuals responsible for burglaries and attempted burglaries of federal firearms licensees (FFLs).
On November 19, 2022 at approximately 3:55 a.m., Montgomery County Police Department officers responded to an alarm at Atlantic Guns located at 15813 Frederick Road, Rockville, Md. Upon arrival officers observed a vehicle on the sidewalk that was later determined to be stolen. After review of surveillance footage, investigators learned that multiple suspects had unsuccessfully attempted to ram the stolen vehicle into the store to gain entry. No property was stolen.
On November 25, 2022, at approximately 1:00 a.m., Montgomery County Police Department officers responded for a burglary in progress at Atlantic Guns located at 15813 Frederick Road, Rockville, Md. Upon arrival officers observed a vehicle on the sidewalk which was later determined to be stolen. After review of surveillance footage, it was learned that suspects used the vehicle to ram the business and four suspects gained entry successfully. They stole seven pistols and five rifles. They fled the area with two additional suspects in awaiting vehicles.
ATF and Montgomery County Police Department continue working diligently to identify the individuals responsible for these crimes, recover these firearms, and are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the persons responsible.
If members of the public have information about any of these gun store burglaries, we urge them to call ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS. They can also call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 866-411-TIPS (8477). A combined reward of up to $15,000 is available for information that leads to an arrest.
ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency that investigates robberies and burglaries of federal firearms licensees. When a robbery or burglary occurs at a federal firearms licensee, they are obligated to notify ATF and ATF becomes involved in the investigation, working alongside our local law enforcement partners who have authority in the jurisdiction where the crime occurred. ATF Special Agents respond to the scene with our local partners to begin working the case from an investigatory perspective. ATF is also the federal agency responsible for regulating the firearms industry, so ATF Industry Operations Investigators may also respond to assist the dealer with doing an inventory of their firearms to ensure an accurate assessment is made of what was taken.
Two (2) photos from the attempted burglary of Atlantic Guns on November 19, 2022.
Five (5) photos from the thefts of firearms at Atlantic Guns on November 25, 2022.