For Immediate Release
ATF Offers Reward in Gun Store Burglary
ATF, Ozark PD and the Firearms Industry Seek Public's Help in Firearms Theft from Farm Systems Inc.
OZARK, Ala. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in conjunction with the Ozark Police Department and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction for those responsible for the theft of firearms from Farm Systems Inc., a federal firearm licensee (FFL).
On Oct. 21, 2018, Farm Systems Inc., 918 US Highway 231 S, Ozark, was burglarized where several firearms were reported stolen to the Ozark Police Department. ATF Industry Operations Investigators responded to the FFL and are in the process of conducting an inventory to determine the exact number of firearms stolen.
ATF is offering the reward in the amount of up to $2,500, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $5,000. This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF’s reward in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers. ATF works closely with members of the firearm industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.
"ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms. ATF Special Agent in Charge, Marcus Watson remarked, "ATF’s Crime Gun Intelligence will leverage investigative resources combined with the community partnerships to recover the stolen firearms."
Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at (888) ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477) or Ozark Police Department at (334) 774-5111. 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.