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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Apache Junction Police Department have announced a reward in the amount of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the theft of six high-powered semiautomatic rifles from Shoppers Supply, a federal firearm licensee (FFL) in Apache Junction.
On March 3, 2017, at approximately 8:48 p.m., a firearms theft occurred at Shoppers Supply located at 1477 W. Apache Trail. Video surveillance captured three masked and gloved suspects entering emergency exit doors; they proceeded to a gun case and gained access. Suspects removed six high powered rifles before fleeing out the same exit doors, departing in an unknown vehicle; possibly a dark 4-door sedan or a white 4-door SUV.
“The theft of firearms from licensed gun dealers is a top priority for ATF,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Gabriel Pinon. “Through our experience, we know that tips from the public can result in the recovery of these stolen firearms.”
The investigation is being worked jointly with the Apache Junction Police Department and the assistance of Phoenix Police Department’s Silent Witness program. Anyone with information concerning this firearms theft is encouraged to call Silent Witness at (480) 948-6377.