Reward Offered in Athens Gun Club Burglary
A reward of up to $6,000 is now being offered in the Athens Gun Club burglary. According to a media release from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the ATF and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are seeking information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of weapons from the Athens Gun Club last month.
Both organizations are offering up $2,500 and Athens Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 in the case.
“We take this crime very seriously," said SAC Arthur Peralta. “Firearms trafficking is a seriously,” said SAC Arthur Peralta. “Firearms trafficking is a serious offense which results in significant federal prison time for the person or persons responsible.”
Authorities say thieves stole 21 firearms from the facility on April 28th, 2019 and that those weapons pose a potential danger to citizens, communities and quality of life. The ATF is asking for help from the public with any information that that leads to those responsible for the crime.
Any with information is asked to contact the ATF Gun Hotline at 1-800-ATF-GUNS or 283-4867. Information can also be sent to ATFTips@atf.gov, through the agency’s website at www.atf.gov/contact/atftips, or anonymously using the Report it app of by visiting www.reportit.com.
ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction in violent crimes involving firearms and regulation of the firearms industry.
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.