Firearms industry matches reward for information on gun thefts
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, will match a $5,000 reward already offered by the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agency for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for eight burglaries at Federal Firearms Licensees in the Houston area.
"Our matching reward offer will hopefully help assist ATF and local law enforcement in solving this crime against a federally licensed firearms dealer and lead to the swift recovery of stolen firearms before they can enter the illegal underground black market, where they can be misused to commit violent crimes," said Steve Sanetti, president of NSSF.
Anyone with information on the burglaries is urged to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-8477 or ATF at 800-283-4867. The matching reward payment by NSSF will be granted only following payment of the initial ATF reward.
The burglaries for which the reward is offered include:
Dec. 12: Cypress Jewelry and Loan, 11133 Huffmeister in Cypress, 37 firearms stolen, ATF and Harris Co Pct 4.
Dec. 17: Great Texas Gun Co., 6951 State Highway 21 East in Bryan, 80 firearms stolen, ATF and Brazos County Sheriff's Office. A reward was previously offered.
Dec. 24: Fiesta Pawn, 12726 North Freeway in Houston, no firearms, Harris County SO, ATF.
Jan. 1: People's Pawn, 11431 North Freeway in Houston, 10 firearms and electronics, ATF and Houston PD.
Jan. 4: Amex Pawn, 12303 Veteran's Memorial in Houston, Texas, 131 firearms stolen, ATF and HCSO.
Jan. 7: JJ Enterprise Sporting Goods, 505 E. Brazos Ave in West Columbia, 16 firearms stolen, ATF and West Columbia police.
Jan. 12: Value Pawn, 10790 W. FM 1960 in Houston, no firearms but other items stolen, ATF and Harris County Pct 4.
Jan. 14: Jet Pawn, 6135 FM 2920 in Spring, three suspects arrested during attempt, ATF, HCSO, Harris County Pct 4.
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