For Immediate Release
ATF, NSSF Offer Reward in Gun Store Burglary
ATF, St. Tammany Parish SO, New Orleans PD, and the Firearms Industry Seek Public's Help in Firearms Theft from Mandeville FFL
NEW ORLEANS, LA. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) New Orleans Field Division in conjunction with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) today announced a combined reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons in the burglary of a gun store operator in Mandeville, Louisiana last month.
ATF New Orleans is offering a reward of up to $2,500, which will be matched by the NSSF of up to $2,500, for a total reward of up to $5,000.
On March 29, 2020, at approximately 2:00 a.m., several unidentified suspects entered the Arms Merchant, LLC, a federal firearm licensee (FFL), at 2623 North Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, LA by forcing entry through the front door of the building and stealing multiple firearms. The suspects exited the store and fled in an unknown direction using a vehicle that was carjacked from an individual in New Orleans the previous day.
Police believe the perpetrators are suspected of multiple armed carjackings in the New Orleans area as well as at least two other recent FFL burglaries.
This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF, the trade association for the firearm industry, and ATF in which the NSSF matches ATF rewards in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearm retailers.
The ATF New Orleans Field Division, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, and New Orleans Police Department are jointly investigating this crime. Anyone with any information about these crimes should contact ATF at (888) ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), the ATF New Orleans Field Division’s Group I at 504-841-7100, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-809-8200, or the New Orleans Police Department at 504-821-2222.
Information can also be sent to ATFTips@atf.gov, through ATF’s website at www.atf.gov/contact/atftips. Tips can be submitted anonymously using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App store, or by visiting www.reportit.com.
ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction involving firearms and violent crimes, and regulates the firearm industry. More information about ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.