ATF, NSSF offer $5,000 reward in Bulloch Co. gun store burglary

ATF, NSSF offer $5,000 reward in Bulloch Co. gun store burglary

BULLOCH CO., GA (WTOC) - The Bulloch County Sheriff's Office is on high alert after over $25,000 worth of guns were stolen from Backwoods Armory, located in the 20000 block of U.S. 80 East.

The owner of Backwoods Armory found the break-in Thursday morning. Fifty-five rifles, shotguns, and handguns were gone.Now, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, along with the National Shooting Sports Foundation is offering a $5,000 for information in the burglary.

Investigators know this crime could spawn others.

"The part that scares us the most for the citizens is knowing these guns will likely go into the hands of people who commit more crimes," said Bulloch Co. Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jared Akins.

The owner of the shop says he beefed up security immediately after the break-in, to prevent this from happening again. Investigators say this is the worst kind of break-in criminals can face.

"It's bad enough when you have one gun go missing, let alone this many. You know they won't end up in responsible hands," said Chief Deputy Akins.

Deputy Akins figures the thief will try to sell them, away from pawn shops like Backwoods, because they'll check registrations. Akins says buying one off the street could get you in trouble.

"Let the buyer beware on any firearm that somebody tries to sell you, or approaches you with," he said.

Anyone with information on the suspect in this case should contact BCSO Investigations at 912.764.1771, or submit an anonymous tip to tips@bullochsheriff.com. You can also contact the ATF Gun Hotline at 1.800.ATF.GUNS (1.800.283.4867.)

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