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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

March 11, 2009

Contact: Special Agent Michael Hoffman, PIO

Office: (818) 265-2507

Cell: (213) 925-4547

FFL Advisory: Firearms Stolen by Theives Entering Through Roof

The purpose of this notification is to advise Federal Firearms Licensees of the continued commitment that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) – Los Angeles Field Division maintains with the California firearms industry, and to request your diligence in maintaining a secure location for your firearms.

Since January 2003, 13 federal firearms dealers in Southern California have experienced burglaries in which the entry method was through the roof. The 13 burglaries resulted in the theft of 274 firearms.

The most recent occurrences took place in San Bernardino CA, on October 21, 2008, (9 firearms were stolen) and in Westminster CA, on January 5, 2009 (27 firearms were stolen).

ATF asks that each licensee survey their location and secure any areas that they feel may be vulnerable. It is also suggested that you be alert to service personnel who represent themselves as roof specialist(s) who are willing to provide you with a free estimate as some of these offers maybe nothing more than a rouse to detect vulnerabilities in your building security.

Please remember that if you do have a theft or loss, you must report the theft/loss to your local police authority and to ATF (within 48 hours) by telephoning ATF at 1-888-930-9275 and by filing your written report on ATF Form 3310.11 — Federal Firearms Licensee Firearms Inventory Theft/Loss Report.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your local ATF office.

More information about ATF and its programs is available at