For Immediate Release
ATF Offers Reward in Gun Store Burglary
ATF, Great Falls Police Department and the Firearms Industry Seek Public’s Help in Firearms Theft From Grove Taxidermy and Firearms
Great Falls, Montana — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in conjunction with the Great Falls Police Department and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from Groves Taxidermy and Firearms, a federal firearms licensee.
Groves Taxidermy and Firearms FFL, located at 1201 10th Avenue South, Unit 200, in Great Falls, was burglarized on Thursday, August 18th, at 1:30 a.m., with the Great Falls Police Department responding to the initial report. ATF Industry Operations Investigators have also responded to the FFL and are conducting an inventory to determine the exact number of firearms stolen.
ATF is offering a reward of up to $2,500, which will be matched by NSSF for a total reward of up to $5,000. This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between ATF and NSSF in which NSSF matches ATF’s reward in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers.
Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at (888) ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477) or the Great Falls Police Department at (406) 455-8599. Information can also be sent to ATFTips@atf.gov or 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 regulates the firearm industry and is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction involving firearms and violent crimes. More information about ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.