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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

News Release

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Contact: Public Information Officer Amanda M. Hils

ATF, Anne Arundel County Police Department, Montgomery County Police Department Investigating Multiple Gun Store Burglaries

BALTIMORE – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Baltimore Field Division is working with Anne Arundel County Police Department and Montgomery County Police Department investigating recent incidents of burglaries and attempted burglaries of federal firearms licensees in these counties.

On Nov. 19, 2022, at approximately 3:55 a.m., MCPD 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 Nov. 20, 2022, between 12:00-12:30 a.m., AACPD officers responded to an alarm at Field Traders LLC, located at 2400 Mountain Road in Pasadena, Md. for a commercial burglary alarm. Upon arrival officers observed a vehicle which was later determined to be stolen.  After a review of surveillance footage, investigators learned that multiple suspects used the vehicle to ram the front entry door of the business to gain access. Three males entered the building via the front door and were observed attempting to locate accessible firearms but were unsuccessful due to all products being secured within the store.

On Nov. 25, 2022, at approximately 1:00 a.m., MCPD 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. The suspects stole seven pistols and five rifles, then fled the area with two additional suspects in awaiting vehicles.

On Nov. 28, 2022, at 2:40 a.m., surveillance footage captured two males outside of Field Traders LLC, located at 2400 Mountain Road in Pasadena, Md. attempting to move two water-filled barrels from the front of the building. At 2:41 a.m., the power and internet were cut from the building. No entry was made to the building and no property was stolen. ATF and AACPD officers were notified.

On Nov. 28, 2022, at approximately 3:45 a.m., AACPD officers responded for a report of a burglary in progress at Scott's Gunsmithing, 231 Thelma Avenue in Glen Burnie, Md. As officers arrived, they found a white Ford E350 van crashed into the front door of the business. With the assistance of numerous officers and K-9, two juveniles were located and arrested without incident. Upon further investigation, officers discovered that the juvenile suspects were removing firearms from display cases when they arrived. Both juvenile suspects, one a 16-year-old male from Silver Spring, Md. and the other a 14-year-old male from Gaithersburg, Md., were arrested and charged accordingly. 

ATF, AACPD, and MCPD are working diligently to identify the individuals responsible for these crimes and determine if any of these incidents are connected. A state-wide notification from ATF has been sent out to all FFLs in Maryland to ensure they are aware of these recent incidents.

If members of the public have information about any of these gun store burglaries, are urged to call ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS, AACPD at 1-866-7LOCKUP, or MCPD at 1-866-411-TIPS. Rewards are available for information that leads to arrests.

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 local law enforcement partners who have authority in the jurisdiction where the crime occurred. ATF Special Agents respond to the scene with local partners to begin working the case from an investigatory perspective. ATF is also the federal agency responsible for regulating the firearms industry. ATF Industry Operations Investigators may also assist dealers with conducting an inventory of firearms to ensure an accurate assessment of what was taken.

Two (2) photos from the attempted burglary of Atlantic Guns on November 19, 2022.

A photo from the attempted burglary of Atlantic Guns on November 19, 2022 that shows a person in a dark-colored hoodieA photo from the attempted burglary of Atlantic Guns on November 19, 2022 that shows a person in a sweatshirt with a light-colored hood and black and white sneakers

Five (5) photos from the thefts of firearms at Atlantic Guns on November 25, 2022.

A photo from the thefts of firearms at Atlantic Guns on November 25, 2022 that shows five people in dark-colored clothing in a parking lotA photo from the thefts of firearms at Atlantic Guns on November 25, 2022 that shows a person in a dark-colored hood and jacket

A photo from the thefts of firearms at Atlantic Guns on November 25, 2022 that shows two people moving inside of a storeA photo from the thefts of firearms at Atlantic Guns on November 25, 2022 that shows a person in a hooded jacket, mask and gloves in a store

A photo from the thefts of firearms at Atlantic Guns on November 25, 2022 that shows two people in dark-colored clothing inside of a store

Baltimore Field Division