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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

January 13, 2010

Contact: Senior Special Agent Austin R. Banks

Public Information Officer, ATF

(504) 329-1443

ATF Announces Up to $5,000 Reward For Information on Victorian/Bellemont Apartment Arson

NEW ORLEANS - Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office and the Jefferson Parish Fire Department announced today that ATF is posting a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for 5 arson fires since November 14, 2009 at the Victorian Condominiums and Bellemont Apartment Complex in the 6200 block Riverside Drive, Metairie, LA.

Investigators are seeking the public's help in solving this crime and are hopeful that the reward will provide additional leads in this investigation.

Anyone having information about this crime should call the anonymous, toll-free ATF hotline, 1-888-ATF-FIRE - (1-888-283-3473).

ATF is the federal law enforcement agency at the frontline combating violent crime with jurisdiction for investigating arson. More information on ATF and its programs can be found at