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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Reward Notice

For Immediate Release

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Contact: Charlene Hennessy

Increased Reward Offered in Major Explosives Theft in Marietta, Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA–The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and Susquehanna Regional Police Department (SRPD) are requesting the public’s assistance for information on the recent theft of approximately 704 pounds of high explosives and 400 blasting caps from a pipeline worksite located in Marietta, Pennsylvania.

ATF has increased the reward to $20,000 for information that leads to the recovery of the stolen explosives and/or the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

On Monday, April 16, 2018, the Gregory General Contracting Company reported a large theft of approximately 704 pounds of dynamite and 400 blasting caps from a pipeline worksite in Marietta, Pennsylvania.  The explosives were stored inside a locked, truck trailer which was left on site after workers left on Friday, April 13, 2018. The worksite security company did not discover the theft until Monday, April 16, 2018, after noticing that the trailer door was ajar with the locks missing. 

“The ATF, along with our law enforcement partners are working very diligently and with a sense of urgency to recover the stolen explosives and to find those responsible for the theft, “ said Donald Robinson, Special Agent in Charge. “We are asking for the public’s help in our effort to locate these explosives and to apprehend and convict those responsible.”

Theft and possession of stolen explosives is a federal crime that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the ATF hotline at 1-888-ATF-BOMB (1-888-283-2662). Tips can also be submitted by using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App store, or by visiting (link is external). All tips will be kept confidential.

ATF is the federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating violations of the federal firearms and explosives laws and regulations.

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