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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Reward Notice

Contact: John Ham
For Immediate Release
Friday, March 8, 2019

ATF offers reward in gun store burglary

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Il. . — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Wood River, Il Police Department, today announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for stealing several firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Wood River.

The theft from Bendow City Sports, 19 West Ferguson Avenue, was reported on February 27 but is believed to have occurred on or around February 8. Numerous firearms were stolen from the business. The Wood River Police Department and Agents from the Fairview Heights ATF office are investigating. Investigators are particularly interested in speaking to anyone that may have information about a light colored SUV seen in the area of the break-in.

ATF and Wood River Police are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Anyone with information about this theft should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867), email, contact ATF through its website at, or by texting ATFKC to 63975. Tips can also be submitted using the Reportit app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting Tipsters can remain anonymous.

ATF is the federal agency with jurisdiction over violations of federal firearms laws and is responsible for regulating the firearms industry. For more information about ATF and its programs, go to and follow the Kansas City Field Division on Twitter @ATF Kansas City.


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