Sheriff Edward J. McMahon
Public Information Office
3950 Juvenile Center Road
Castle Hayne, NC 28429
Phone (910) 798-4498
Gerod King, PIO FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(704) 794-8011 August 29, 2014
ATF and Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Wilmington Firearms Theft
CHARLOTTE, NC – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry – have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from the Wilmington Guns, Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL).
ATF is offering a reward in the amount of $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of $10,000.
This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF reward in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers. ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.
On July 28, 2014, in the early morning hours unknown persons broke into Wilmington Guns, located at 7213 Market Street, Wilmington, N.C., 28403 and stole thirty-nine handguns. The burglary of this gun shop is being investigated by ATF and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867). All calls will be kept confidential.
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The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Unit rabies clinic scheduled for Saturday June 21st has been changed to Saturday July 26th. Please make note in your calendars and if you have any questions please call the Animal Services Unit at 910-798-7500.