For Immediate Release
ATF Offers $5,000 Reward for Information About Arson Committed During Protests
BALTIMORE – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division is offering a reward of $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for setting fire to First National Bank in Baltimore City during overnight protests in May. ATF is also asking for the public’s assistance in identifying five persons of interest.
At approximately 12:45 a.m. on May 31, unknown subjects damaged the exterior of First National Bank located at 300 E. Lombard St. and at least one suspect entered into the premises to set a fire. Investigators have recovered surveillance images and video of the crimes. ATF is working with Baltimore City Police Arson & Explosives Unit and assisted by the Baltimore City Fire Department’s Fire Investigation Bureau on this arson investigation.
“While ATF and our law enforcement partners continue to exhaust all investigative leads, we are now also asking for help from another one of our partners — the community,” said ATF Baltimore Special Agent in Charge Timothy Jones. “Using peaceful protests as an excuse to cause destruction and commit crime is unacceptable. It puts everyone at risk and ATF’s top priority is to take offenders off the street so citizens can live safely. Help us to ensure that anyone wreaking havoc in Baltimore City is held responsible.”
Anyone with information about the persons of interest, about who committed this crime, or anyone with additional photos or videos is asked to contact investigators immediately. Call 888-ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477) or send an email to ATFTips@atf.gov.