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ATF offering reward in Gallatin gun store robbery

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The ATF released these photos of the suspect. (Source: ATF) The ATF released these photos of the suspect. (Source: ATF)
This is a photo of the suspect's getaway car. (Source: ATF) This is a photo of the suspect's getaway car. (Source: ATF)

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a reward to track down the thieves and stolen firearms taken in a smash-and-grab style robbery at a Gallatin gun store over the weekend.

Right now, the ATF is still in the process of figuring out the exact number of guns taken, including the weapons' makes and models, but know at least one of the weapons taken was an AR-15 assault rifle.

The store manager says the crooks broke through the front door with a hammer, and surveillance images show at least two suspects inside Sumner Gun & Supply on West Main Street in Gallatin. Their faces are covered, but the pictures show a dark-colored SUV leaving the scene.

ATF Special Agent Michael Knight says a majority of the firearms taken were pistols but made sure to mention that any stolen firearm is a concern for public safety.

“If the public intends to purchase any firearms through a third party or the internet, be cautious, because they may be purchasing stolen firearms,” Knight said.

The best way to know the gun you are buying is stolen, is to locate the serial number and search it in an online stolen-gun database. You can also contact your local law enforcement agency's through their non-emergency line, and dispatchers can look up the serial number for you. 

If you find a gun you purchased is stolen, report it to the ATF online or local law enforcement immediately. (NOTE: Do not bring a loaded firearm into a police station. It should be fully unloaded and, preferably, in a sealed, locked case.)

However, your best bet is to purchase all firearms through a licensed vendor.

The ATF is offering a $2,500 reward, which is being matched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation for a total of $5,000, for any information that results in the arrest of those responsible. 

If you have information pertinent to the case, call (800) 283-4867 or the Gallatin Police Department at (615) 452-1313, extension 3247.

Stay with News4 for updates on this developing story.

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