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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Reward Notice

Washington Field Division

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Contact: Special Agent Nicholas Davis

ATF and firearms industry offer reward of up to $5,000 in Salem, VA firearms theft

SALEM, 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 Trader Jerry’s II, a federal firearms licensee (FFL) in Salem, VA.  ATF and the NSSF are each offering a reward of up to $2,500, for a total reward of $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

On May 25, 2018, City of Salem, VA Police Officers responded to an alarm at the business and found the front glass shattered.  Review of the surveillance video found two unidentified suspects breaking the glass and entering the store located at 724 West 4th Street, Salem, VA, at approximately 3:00 a.m.  Once inside, the suspects stole several firearms and fled the scene on foot.  The crime is being investigated by ATF and the Salem Police Department.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867), email ATFTips@atf.gov or contact ATF through it’s website at www.atf.gov/contact/atf-tips.  Tips may also be submitted to ATF by using the ReportIt app, or by visiting www.reportit.com.  You may also provide information by contacting the Salem Police Department Detectives Division at 540-375-3083.  All calls and tips will be kept confidential.

Image of two hooded suspects entering and robbing Trader Jerry's II, an FFL in Salem, VA.

ATF, along with its law enforcement partners, are committed to ensuring that our communities are safe, and that those that 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 the 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. 

For more information about ATF, go to www.atf.gov.

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Field Division: Washington Field Division