December 10th , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

ATF offers $3,000 reward for gun store theft clues

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After a local gun shop was robbed of more than $15,000 worth of merchandise, the nation’s pre-eminent firearm regulatory body is lending its support to help track the suspects down.

On Dec. 6, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, more commonly known as the ATF, announced that it is offering a $3,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the theft of 49 firearms, 56 boxes of ammunition, and $1,000 in cash from Blue Springs Gun Shop.

The reward is comprised of $1,500 from the ATF and a $1,500 match from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which contributes equally to ATF rewards in stolen weapons cases. Those cases, according to ATF Special Agent Michael Knight, who serves as the bureau’s public information officer, always generate a high level of interest from his agency.

“The firearms are missing; they’re in a non-controlled environment,” Knight said. “Any time you have a theft of firearms, that poses a concern for the general safety of the public.”

The burglary occurred on Dec. 1 at 1200 Blue Springs Road, which serves as both the home and business location for Melvin and Moira Oliver, the proprietors of Blue Springs Gun Shop. The Olivers told deputies with the Carter County Sheriff’s Department that they found their home burglarized after they each returned home from church at approximately noon that day.

In compliance with their federal firearm licensure, they also contacted the ATF.

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