DETROIT – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary and theft of 22 firearms from Action Impact located at 25992 West Eight Mile Road, Southfield, Mich. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) will also match any reward paid by ATF for a potential overall reward of up to $10,000.
On June 5, 2013, at approximately 4:30 a.m. surveillance video at the store reveals that two individuals used a box truck to ram and penetrate the exterior wall to gain entry and steal 22 handguns.
Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins said that “our primary goal is to recover the stolen weapons to ensure that they are not used to harm anyone. I am confident that someone in the community will provide us with information that will not only help us locate the weapons, but lead to the arrest and convictions of the perpetrators of the crime.”
“The theft of firearms from licensed gun dealers is a top priority for ATF”, said Daryl McCrary, acting special agent in charge (SAC) of the ATF Detroit Field Division. “This is a very serious crime; our experience shows us that these guns move swiftly when in the hands of violent criminals and are used in violent crimes. We also know that tips from the public have resulted in the recovery of stolen firearms.”
ATF and the Southfield Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the individuals responsible. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Southfield Police Department at (248) 796-5500 or ATF at (313) 202-3400. Callers may also call ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867).
ATF is the federal agency with jurisdiction for investigating violations of federal firearms laws. More information about ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.gov.