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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

July 29, 2011

Contact: Special Agent Christian Hoffman, PIO

Office: (818) 265-2507

Cell: (213) 216-3622

$10,000 Reward Offered for Information Regarding the Fort Irwin Firearms Theft

LOS ANGELES — Special Agent in Charge John A. Torres of the Los Angeles Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), today announced that ATF and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a Fort Irwin firearms theft which occurred on the night of July 15, 2011.

Twenty–six AK–74 rifles and one Dragunov rifle were stolen from the weapon storage area of a supply warehouse on Fort Irwin Army Post in Fort Irwin, California.

ATF, FBI, and California Department of Justice Officers responded to Fort Irwin to conduct interviews of employees at the storage warehouse from where the firearms were stolen. Working with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command, arrests have been made in conjunction with the theft and one firearm was recovered. Investigators are seeking assistance from the community and surrounding areas in identifying other possible culprits and recovering the remaining 26 stolen firearms.

Although our agents and officers are vigorously investigating this theft, we request the public’s assistance to help us arrest and prosecute those individuals responsible for this crime, said Torres. Community participation is necessary to improve the likelihood that ATF and our law enforcement partners will track down the firearms as well as the criminals who have sought to destabilize our community through illegal activity.

Any information regarding this burglary or the recovery of the firearms should be reported to:
ATF Gun Hotline: (800) ATF GUNS; (800) 283–4867 or the Fort Irwin CID Office at 760–380–5812.

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