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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

September 20, 2013

Contact: Special Agent Brad Beyersdorf, PIO, ATF
(303) 575-7604

ATF Offers $2,500 Reward in Firearms Theft

BIG TIMBER, Mont. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Sweet Grass County Sheriff’s Office (SGCSO) are requesting the public’s assistance for information regarding the recent theft of approximately 10 handguns from a firearms dealer in Big Timber.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 14, 2013, unknown person(s) forced entry into the closed federally licensed firearms (FFL) business known as The Fort, at 228 Big Timber Loop Road in Big Timber. Approximately 10 handguns, of various makes, models and calibers were stolen.

“The theft of firearms and illegal firearms trafficking is a top investigative priority for ATF,” said Ken Bray, resident agent in charge of ATF in Montana. “We are asking for the public’s help in our effort to apprehend and convict those responsible. We are confident that someone can help identify a suspect, and we encourage them to call us.”

“We want the public to understand that any information they can provide relating to this incident could prevent these stolen firearms from being used in violent crimes; that is our most important concern,” said Sweet Grass County Sheriff Dan Tronrud.

A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered to anyone who provides information that leads to the recovery of the firearms, and to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft. Stealing firearms and possession of stolen firearms is a federal crime that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Surveillance footage of the burglary was recovered from the business, and we are releasing images from this footage showing the suspect and his vehicle. If someone recognizes the person and/or vehicle depicted in the footage, please call ATF or the sheriff’s office with the information.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the ATF hotline at 1 (888) ATF-GUNS (1-888-283-4867), or locally in Billings at (406) 657-9700. Callers can also call the Sweet Grass County Sheriff’s Office at (406) 932-5143.

All information will be treated confidentially and callers can remain anonymous.

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