North Columbus Gun store hit twice now there's a $10k reward

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) said they are offering a combined reward of $10,000. (Courtesy: ATF)

A reward was announced for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the burglary of a north Columbus gun store Wednesday.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) said they are offering a combined reward of $10,000.

According to ATF, the robbery happened at Gun Envy on Indianola Avenue at 3:30 in the morning on Monday. They said two unknown persons forced entry into the building, taking 26 handguns. ATF said they were working with Columbus Police to investigate the incident.

"These 26 guns are in the streets of Columbus or in the surrounding area, neighborhoods, and states," said ATF Assistant Special Agent Roland Herndon. "We just need to get these firearms off the streets and that's why we're asking for the assistance of the public in identifying these individuals so we can place them in custody."

According to the ATF, 985 guns were stolen across the state of Ohio last year.

In Columbus, police reported 2,153 guns have been recovered since September of this year, but not all the guns were stolen.ATF said the same gun store, Gun Envy, was burglarized back in July 2016 and 11 guns were stolen. No arrest was made in that case. The gun owner did not want to speak with us on camera but told us he is increasing security. Nearby business owners worried the thieves will be back."It feels like a criminal run area, it doesn't really feel safe," said Tom Lin who owns an auto body shop next door. "I hope they find who was breaking in and put them in jail that would be great."Anyone having information about this burglary should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867). You can also email ATFTips@atf.gov, or contact ATF through its website here.Tips may also be submitted to ATF using the ReportIt® app, available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting www.reportit.com. Tipsters may remain anonymous.
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