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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

October 20, 2011

Contact: Senior Special Agent Austin R. Banks, PIO-ATF

Cell: (504) 329-1443

ATF Announces $5,000 Reward For Information on Rose Farm Custom Cycles Arson

Ocean Springs, Miss. – Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office announced today the posting of an award of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the arson fire that destroyed Rose Farm Custom Cycles, 6600-A Rose Farm Road, Ocean Springs, Miss.

On Sept. 12, at approximately 1 a.m., the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting a fire at Rose Farm Custom Cycles. The Old Fort Bayou Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire.

Investigators with ATF, Mississippi State Fire Marshal's Office and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office conducted a fire scene examination and determined the fire was deliberately set. The loss value of the business is estimated at approximately $400,000.

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 the arson should call the following 24-hour anonymous hotline at ATF Fire Hotline: (888) ATF-FIRE or (888) 283-3473.

People may also provide information anonymously and receive a reward up to $1,000 by calling the Mississippi Cost Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898 and the Mississippi Fire Marshal’s Hotline at 1-888-648-0877.

More information about ATF and its programs are available at