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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Reward Notice

For Immediate Release

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Contact: George Huffman, PIO

ATF, Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Ripley Firearms Theft

RIPLEY, W.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 theft of firearms from J’s Pawn Shop, a federal firearms licensee. 
ATF is offering a reward of up to $1,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total possible reward of up to $2,000. 
On April 6, 2017, unknown persons burglarized J’s Pawn Shop, located in Ripley, and stole an undetermined number of firearms.  The individuals forcibly gained entry into the store.    
Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867), email, contact ATF through its website at, or texted to 63975 using the code ATFLOU. Tips can also be submitted by using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting All tips will be kept confidential.
The reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF reward 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.
ATF is the federal agency with jurisdiction over violations of federal firearms laws. For more information about ATF and its programs go to
Louisville Field Division