Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
The Violent Crime Bureau
For Immediate Release
October 5, 2012
Contact: Special Agent Richard Coes, PIO
ATF Offers $5,000 Reward for Information on Retail Gun Theft
Investigators Seek Public's Help in Solving Crime, Recovering Stolen Guns
BUFORD, Ga. – Special Agent in Charge Scott Sweetow of the Atlanta Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today announced ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the theft of firearms occurring at federal firearms licensee (FFL) Buck-N-Bass located at 4901 Summer Oak Drive, Gwinnett County, Ga. on Sept. 14.
"The burglary and theft of firearms from an FFL is a very serious crime and a top priority for ATF," said Sweetow. "Having investigated similar cases in the past, we know stolen firearms are used in furtherance of drug- and gang-related activities and are utilized by violent criminals to perpetrate additional crimes."
During the early morning hours on Sept. 14, Buck-N-Bass, was burglarized by unknown persons. The suspect(s) used a stolen pickup truck to smash into the front door and wall of the business gaining entry. Numerous firearms consisting of handguns and rifles were stolen. There's no further information or description of the suspect(s) or crime available at this time.
ATF and the Gwinnett Police Department are seeking the public's assistance in identifying those responsible. Anyone with information is encouraged to call ATF at (404) 379-1152 or call the ATF Hotline at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867). Callers can remain anonymous.
More information about ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.