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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

December 15, 2011

Contact: Senior Special Agent David D. Coulson

Public Information Officer

(219) 746-9776

ATF Offers Reward in Gun Shop Burglary

33 Handguns Stolen from Deb’s Gun Range

Hammond, Ind. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons(s) responsible for the theft of firearms from Deb’s Gun Range, 6819 Kennedy Avenue, Hammond, Ind. The burglary occurred at approximately 4:15 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15.

ATF and the Hammond Police Department are investigating the theft of 33 firearms. Investigators have developed information regarding this burglary; however, they need additional information from the public that may assist them in solving the case. These firearms pose a potential danger and investigators are seeking information that would aid in the resolution of this investigation.

Through experience, we know that stolen firearms are used in furtherance of drug and gang related activities, and as well are utilized by violent criminals to perpetrate additional crimes. Law enforcement is seeking assistance from the public in locating these weapons and identifying those responsible, said Robert Browning, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Columbus Field Division.

Anyone with information is asked to call the ATF crime gun hotline 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867) or the Hammond Police Department at (219) 852-2906. The ATF hotline is toll free and callers may remain anonymous.

ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction in violent crimes involving firearms and regulates the firearms industry. More information on ATF and its programs is available at