Up to $10K reward offered after 58 firearms stolen from a Columbus pawn shop

Up to $10K reward offered after 58 firearms stolen from a Columbus pawn shop
Source: AP Graphics
Source: AP Graphics

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – An investigation is underway following a burglary at a pawn shop in Columbus.

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 Express Pawn, in Columbus.

ATF is offering a reward up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward up to $10,000.

"We take this crime very seriously," said SAC Arthur Peralta. "Firearms trafficking is a serious offense which results in significant federal prison time for the person or persons responsible."

This theft happened on April 14, 2018, at 5372 Veterans Parkway, Columbus, Georgia.  These 58 firearms pose a potential danger to citizens, communities, and quality of life, according to authorities. ATF is asking for the public's help with any information that leads to those responsible for this crime.

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.

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

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