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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Reward Notice

For Immediate Release

Monday, February 11, 2019
Contact: PIO Suzanne Dabkowski

ATF, Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Plain City Gun-Store Burglary

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry – are announcing a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the burglary of Smokin’ Aces Armory, located at 9525 State Route 161 East, Plain City, Ohio.  ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which the NSSF will match for a total potential reward of $10,000.

On Feb. 7, 2019, at 9:10 p.m., five unknown suspects broke into Smokin’ Aces Armory by driving a dark-colored SUV into the building.  The suspects took approximately 30 firearms and left the premises in the SUV and a small, dark-colored sedan.

ATF is investigating this case jointly with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867) or the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 740-852-1212.  Information can also be sent to, through ATF’s website at Tips can be submitted anonymously using the Reportit® app or by visiting

This 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 retailers.  ATF works closely with the members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.


Columbus Field Division