Firearms burglary suspect

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, are seeking information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary and theft of firearms from Backwoods Armory, in Statesboro. ATF is offering a reward up to $2,500, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward up to $5,000.

"ATF takes this crime very seriously," said Special Agent in Charge Carl Walker. "ATF is committed to preventing firearms trafficking, which is a serious offense resulting in significant federal prison time for those responsible."

This theft of firearms occurred on June 6 in the 20,000 block of US 80 E Statesboro. The 55 firearms that are unaccounted for pose a potential danger to citizenscommunities, and quality of life. ATF is soliciting the public’s assistance with any information that leads to those responsible for this crime. Security cameras inside the business captured a picture of a person sought in connection to the burglary.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the ATF Gun Hotline at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (283-4867). Callers may remain anonymous. 

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 is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction in violent crimes involving firearms and regulation of the firearms industry. More information on ATF can be found at www.atf.gov

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