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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Reward Notice

Contact: Crystal McCoy
For Immediate Release
Friday, December 16, 2022

ATF Offers Reward in Butte Burglary

ATF, Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Department, and the Firearms Industry Seek Public’s Help in Firearms Theft From Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors

Butte, Montana — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in conjunction with Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement 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 Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors, a federal firearms licensee.

Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors, located at 1925 Dewey Boulevard, in Butte, was burglarized on Tuesday, December 13th, at 2:30 a.m., with the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement 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 Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Department at (406) 497-1120. Tips can also be sent to or through ATF’s website at Tips can be submitted anonymously using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App store, or by visiting

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

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