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Reward offered for information relating to Chesapeake firearms theft

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Posted at 2:19 PM, Mar 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-27 14:19:56-04

Chesapeake, Va. – A reward is now being offered for information relating to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the theft of firearms from Liberty Pawn in Chesapeake, police tell NewsChannel 3.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Chesapeake Police Department, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) — the trade association for the firearms industry — have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the theft of firearms from Liberty Pawn, a Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL) in Chesapeake, Virginia.

The Chesapeake Crime Line is also offering $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

ATF is offering a reward in the amount of $2,500, which will be matched by the NSSF, and further supported by Chesapeake Crime Line with a reward up to $1,000 for a total reward up to $6,000, police tell NewsChannel 3.

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, according to police. ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.

During the late night hours of Wednesday February 18, 2015, 10 firearms were stolen during a burglary at Liberty Pawn located at 4302 Indian River Road, Chesapeake, VA. These firearms may pose a risk to public safety and investigators are seeking information that would aid in the resolution of this investigation.

If you have any information, please call either the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confidential tip line at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), online at ATFTips@atf.gov, or contact the Chesapeake Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.