Federal offcials Wednesday offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of suspects accused of taking nearly two dozen firearms from a Riverside gun shop.
Officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF) said that two break-ins at Centerfire Firearms, 3696 Sunnyside Drive in Riverside, occurred just two weeks apart, resulting in 23 firearms stolen.
“The trend of stealing firearms from licensed gun dealers is on the rise,” Special Agent in Charge Bill McMullan of the Los Angeles Field Division said. “This is not acceptable.
“ATF is dedicated to tracking down those responsible,” he said.
The first break-in happened at around 5 a.m. May 26, with suspects breaking in through the front door and taking eight long guns. On June 9, three suspects broke into the shop at about 3 a.m., took 15 guns and fled in a dark gray or possibly black four-door sedan, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The reward is being offered in part by ATF and the National Sports Shooting Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry.
McMullan asked anyone with information about the robberies or the suspects to contact ATF at (951) 320-7576 or Riverside Police Detective James Elliott at (951) 826-8729.
Authorities noted that callers can remain anonymous and that tips can also be sent to ATFTips@atf.gov or through ATF’s website at www.atf.gov/contact/atftips . Anonymous tips can also be submitted using the Reportit app or by visiting www.reportit.com .
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