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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

September 11, 2012

www.atf.gov

Contact: Senior Special Agent David Coulson

Public Information Officer, ATF

(219) 746-9776

ATF Offers Reward in Gun Shop Burglary

24 Firearms Stolen from Angler Bait and Tackle

HUDSON, Ind. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Steuben County Sheriff's Department, announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the theft of firearms from The Angler Bait and Tackle, 7430 South State Road 327, Hudson, Ind., yesterday.

ATF and the Steuben County Sheriff's Department are investigating the theft of 24 firearms. Investigators have developed information regarding this burglary. However, additional information provided from the public may assist in solving the case.

"Through experience, we know that stolen firearms are used in furtherance of drug- and gang-related activities and are utilized by violent criminals to perpetrate additional crimes," said Robin Shoemaker, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Columbus Field Division.

Steuben County Sheriff Tim R. Troyer added, "Law enforcement is seeking assistance from the public in locating these weapons and identifying those responsible."

Anyone with information is asked to call the ATF crime gun hotline 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867) or the Steuben County Sheriff's Department at (260) 668-1000. 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 atf.gov.

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