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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Reward Notice

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 7, 2020
Contact: Jeff Nowakowski

ATF Offers $5,000 Reward in Baton Rouge Arson Fires

ATF and Crimestoppers of Baton Rouge Seek Public's Help

NEW ORLEANS, LA. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information that will assist ATF special agents in the investigation into a string of deliberately set fires in Baton Rouge in 2019 and early 2020. 

The ATF New Orleans Field Division is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for setting three fires along Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge. Crimestoppers of Baton Rouge is also offering a separate and independent reward for information.

In the early morning hours of July 7, 2019, an intentionally set fire destroyed Big Boys Toys, a tire and automotive store, at 10750 Florida Blvd.  Several adjacent businesses were also damaged.

On September 3, 2019, just after midnight, a fire was set at M&A Tire Shop at 2645 Florida Blvd.

On January 6, 2020, around midnight, an intentionally set fire damaged Pelican Tire and Rims at 10715 Florida Blvd. 

Investigators believe these fires, which are estimated to have caused more than $400,000 in total damages, are connected. They are asking for the public’s help in providing any information, including information related to events leading up to or immediately after the fires.

The ATF Baton Rouge Field Office and the Baton Rouge Fire Department are jointly investigating these crimes. Anyone with any information about these crimes should contact ATF at (888) ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), the ATF - Baton Rouge Field Office at 225-231-6620, the Baton Rouge Fire Department at 225-354-1400, or Crimestoppers of Baton Rouge at 225-344-7867 or www.crimestoppersbr.com or download free app P3app.

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 federal agency with jurisdiction for investigating fires and crimes of arson.  ATF along with our law enforcement partners are committed to ensuring that our communities are safe, and that those who commit violent crimes such as these are held accountable.  For more information about ATF and its programs go to www.atf.gov.

 

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