INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 30, 2014)— A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for an Indianapolis gun store burglary.
Sunday, authorities said the burglar or burglars drove a vehicle into the storefront of Wide Open Arms on the city’s southeast side and stole 31 guns.
"They're definitely in the wrong hands no doubt, being in this business it's one of those things the criminal element wants you know so they're going to come after it," said Ryan Pollom, owner of Wide Open Arms.
Pollom spent Tuesday vacuuming up glass inside his shop. Three display cases were shattered during the break-in. The thieves entered the store by driving through a garage door and two double doors. According to a police report, several types of handguns were stolen.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) are offering up to $10,000 for anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s).
ATF, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and the Indiana State Police are investigating.
Federal agents are especially concerned about the number of gun thefts over the past week. Police arrested two suspects last week in connection with a stolen trailer full of guns and ammo. Three Indianapolis men face are accused of killing and robbing a gun store owner in Jennings County.
"Once those guns are stolen out of the shop and they're turning over hands multiple times there's no telling where they're going to end up," said Patrick Hand, Special Agent with the Indianapolis ATF field office.
Hand said the guns are usually sold for a fraction of their retail value or traded for drugs. Often times a stolen gun will be used to commit a crime.
Anyone with information regarding the burglary is urged to contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867). All calls will be kept confidential.
Callers may also provide information anonymously by contacting the following offices:
- ATF- Indianapolis I Field Office at (317) 287-3500
- Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS