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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

December 19, 2013

Contact: Senior Special Agent David Coulson

(219) 746-9776


Contact: Tina Kingsbury
Public Information Officer, GPD

ATF, Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Goshen Robbery

Firearms Stolen from MC Sports

GOSHEN, Ind. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Columbus Field Division, the Goshen Police Department, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)—the trade association for the firearms industry—have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those individuals responsible for the robbery of firearms from MC Sports, a federal firearms licensee located in Goshen. ATF is offering a reward in the amount of $7,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of $14,000.

“The theft of firearms from licensed gun dealers is a top priority for ATF,” said Michael Boxler, special agent in charge (SAC) of the ATF Columbus Field Division. “This is a crime that impacts public safety and something that ATF takes very seriously. We need to identify the individuals that committed this robbery and hold them accountable for their actions,” emphasized Boxler. “We also know that tips from the public have resulted in the recovery of stolen firearms.”

This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF rewards in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers. ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.

ATF and the Goshen Police Department are investigating the theft of firearms during an armed robbery of the sporting goods store. The robbery occurred during the evening hours on Dec. 14 at 4024 Elkhart Road in Goshen. Among the items stolen were firearms and rounds of ammunition.

ATF and the Goshen Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the individuals responsible. Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to call the ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867); the Goshen Police Department at (574) 533-8661; or the Michiana Crime Stoppers 800-342-STOP. This is a joint investigation with the ATF and the Goshen Police Department.

ATF is the federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction for investing firearms crimes. More information about ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.govor follow ATF on Twitter!