ATF of­fers $ 5k re­ward for in­for­ma­tion on gun store rob­bery

The Covington News - - Local News - By Am­ber Pittman

The At­lanta Field Di­vi­sion, Bureau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives (ATF) is of­fer­ing an award of up to $5,000 for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest and con­vic­tions of the four men re­spon­si­ble for the armed rob­bery of Di­rect Gold Out­let Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors from the Newton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, a fe­male clerk in the store was as­saulted and tied up at around 12:30 p.m. Thurs­day af­ter four black males en­tered the store, lo­cated on Ga. High­way 36, bran­dish­ing weapons.

The rob­bers then smashed the dis­play cases and made off with over 30 firearms. All three were wear­ing masks and gloves and left the area in a white four-door ve­hi­cle, de­scribed as ei­ther a Toy­ota or Nis­san.

“We all have a vested in­ter­est in ar­rest­ing those re­spon­si­ble for this crime,” said Gre­gory K. Gant, spe­cial agent in charge of the At­lanta field di­vi­sion of the ATF. “We know that in many in­stances, stolen firearms end up in the hands of vi­o­lent crim­i­nals, who use them to com­mit ad­di­tional crimes. Gun thieves play a crit­i­cal and deadly role in the chain of vi­o­lence.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are seek­ing the pub­lic’s help with iden­ti­fy­ing the sub­jects in­volved and pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on the lo­ca­tion of any or all of the stolen firearms. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is en­cour­aged to call ATF’s toll-free, 24-hour hot­line at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1888-283-8477).

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