Posted: Sep 20, 2013 3:00 PM by MTN News
Updated: Sep 20, 2013 3:07 PM
BIG TIMBER - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and the Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public regarding the theft of approximately ten handguns from a firearms dealer in Big Timber, Montana.
On the morning of September 14, 2013, someone broke into a business known as The Fort at 228 Big Timber Loop Road in Big Timber; the business is a federally-licensed firearms (FFL) dealer.
Approximately ten handguns, of various makes, models, and calibers were stolen.
Authorities released these surveillance photos of the suspect and vehicle.
"The theft of firearms and illegal firearms trafficking is a top investigative priority for ATF," said Ken Bray, Resident Agent in Charge of ATF in Montana. "We are asking for the public's help in our effort to apprehend and convict those responsible. We are confident that someone can help identify a suspect, and we encourage them to call us."
Sweet Grass County Sheriff Dan Tronrud said, "We want the public to understand that any information they can provide relating to this incident could prevent these stolen firearms from being used in violent crimes; that is our most important concern."
A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered to anyone who provides information that leads to the recovery of the firearms and to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the theft.
Stealing firearms and possession of stolen firearms is a federal crime that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Anyone with information is asked to call the ATF hotline at 888-ATF-GUNS (4867), or 406-657-9700.
They can also call the Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Office at 406-932-5143.