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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Reward Notice

For Immediate Release

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Contact: Special Agent Gerod King

ATF and Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Five Star Gun Firearms Theft

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – 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 Five Star Gun, a federal firearm licensee (FFL), in Longs, S.C. ATF is offering a reward of up to $10,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $20,000.

On or around Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, during the height of Hurricane Matthew, an unidentified suspect(s) forcibly entered Five Star Gun located at 1540 Hwy. 9, Longs, S.C. The suspect(s) stole multiple firearms before fleeing the scene. This crime is being investigated by ATF and the Horry County 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 may also be submitted to ATF through the ReportIt ® app, available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting All calls and tips will be kept confidential.

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

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