The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects who broke into and stole from Forsyth County Pawn late last week.
An unknown number of people broke into the pawn shop on Atlanta Road near downtown Cumming shortly before 2 a.m. on Aug. 11, where they stole 66 firearms and some jewelry, according to officials.
The Cumming Police Department initially responded to the break-in, where officers “arrived on scene to glass breakage at the front door,” Deputy Chief Aletha Barrett, a spokeswoman for the department, said at the time.
“The suspects were already gone, but there were several glass [gun] cases inside the business and jewelry cases that were smashed,” she said. “They took multiple firearms and jewelry.”
ATF Special Agent in Charge Wayne Dixie said the guns pose a potential danger to local communities and residents.
“We take this crime very seriously,” he said. “There are 66 firearms on the streets with the strong potential of being sold to or used by other criminals. Firearms trafficking is a serious offense, which results in significant federal prison time for the person or persons responsible.”
The reward comes out 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.
The ATF is offering a $2,500 reward, bringing the total to $5,000.
Anyone with information regarding Friday’s incident can call the ATF Gun Hotline at 1(800) ATF-GUNS (283-4867). Callers may remain anonymous, and anonymous reporting can also be done via the ATF App Reportit.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit and Criminal Investigation Division are assisting the ATF and Cumming Police Department in the investigation.