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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Reward Notice

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Contact: Special Agent Edward Winkelspecht

ATF and Firearms Industry Offer Reward of up to $5,000 in Pawns Unlimited, Inc., Firearms Theft

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) 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 burglary of Pawns Unlimited, Inc., a federal firearms licensee (FFL) in Chesapeake. ATF and the NSSF are each offering a reward of up to $2,500, for a total reward of $5,000. In addition, the Chesapeake Police Department is offering a reward of up to

$1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.


On Jan. 30, 2018, one suspect forcibly entered Pawns Unlimited, Inc., located at 316 South Battlefield Boulevard, Suite G, Chesapeake, VA. The suspect stole multiple firearms before fleeing the scene. This crime is being investigated by ATF and the Chesapeake Police Department.


Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283- 4867), email, or contact ATF through its website at tips. Tips may also be submitted to ATF using the ReportIt® app, or by visiting You may also provide information by contacting the Chesapeake Crime Line by calling 1-888-LOCK-U-UP, emailing or by submitting a tip via or by using the app: P3tips. All calls and tips will be kept confidential.


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ATF, along with its law enforcement partners, are committed to ensuring that our communities are safe, and that those who commit violent crimes such as these are held accountable. The 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 FFL retailers. ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.


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