CUMMING, Ga. – A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the capture of thieves who broke into a pawn shop and stole 27 guns.
On Dec. 2, Cumming Police officers were dispatched to a burglary where 27 guns were taken from a glass display case at Forsyth County Pawn, 211 Atlanta Road.
The U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Atlanta Field Division says a $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft.
An ATF spokeswoman said the agency is offering $5,000 along with $5,000 from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) to provide the reward.
Special Agent in Charge Christopher Shaefer said there’s a high likelihood that the stolen firearms will be sold or used by criminals in violent crimes.
“ATF takes this crime very seriously,” Shaefer said. “ATF remains on the frontline of preventing violent crimes, and firearms trafficking is a serious offense which results in significant federal prison time for the person or persons responsible.”
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.
The ATF reported that in 2012, law enforcement officials nationwide filed 190,342 lost and stolen firearms cases. Of those, 16,667 (9 percent of the total reported) were the result of thefts/losses from federal firearms licensees.
Texas was the top state for total firearms reported lost and stolen in 2012 with 18,874 firearms, which was 10 percent of all firearms reported lost or stolen in the country. Georgia came in second with 12,906 stolen or lost firearms.
ATF and the Cumming Police Department are asking for any additional information in their investigation of the pawn shop theft that occurred in the early morning hours Dec. 2.
Additional information from the public may assist in solving this case.
Anyone with information can call the ATF Gun Hotline at 1-800-283-4867(ATF-GUNS) or the Cumming Police Department at 770-781-2000. Callers may remain anonymous.