For Immediate Release
ATF, Firearms Industry Offer $5,000 Reward in Newport, Maine Firearms Theft
BOSTON – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, announced today a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in the burglary and theft of firearms from The Money Shop, a federal firearms licensee (FFL) operating in Newport, Maine.
Special Agents assigned to the ATF Field Office in Portland, Maine, along with the Newport Police Department and Maine State Police, are investigating the burglary and theft of twenty-two firearms that occurred on July 1, 2016, at approximately 4:00 a.m. at The Money Shop, located at the Route 2 Mall in Newport.
“ATF’s immediate concern is locating the whereabouts of these stolen firearms,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Lawrence J. Panetta. “We are confident that with the public’s assistance, we’ll receive the critical information needed, which will ultimately result in an arrest.”
This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between 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.
Anyone with information about the burglary of these firearms is encouraged to call the ATF Field Office at (207) 780-3324 during business hours or the ATF Firearms Theft Hotline at (888) 930-9275, the Newport Police Department at (207) 368-3263, or the Maine State Police at (207) 973-3700.
ATF is the federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction for investigating crimes involving the illegal use or possession of firearms. More information about ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.gov or by following ATF on Twitter @ATFHQ and @ATFBoston.