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ATF offers reward for information in theft



Published: Wed, February 2, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



WESTFIELD, Pa. (AP) -- More than 100 guns were stolen from a sporting goods store in north-central Pennsylvania, leading federal authorities to post a $5,000 reward Tuesday for information about the case.

Ackley and Sons Sporting Goods in Westfield, Potter County, was burglarized between 9:30 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, Westfield police Sgt. David Earle said. The thieves apparently disarmed an alarm system, pried open the front door and then smashed glass display cases, police said.

The store sells hunting and fishing gear, hardware supplies, clothing and gasoline, said owner Jeff Treadwell. He said the serial numbers of all the guns, mostly handguns, were recorded.

The reward is good for information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said. The calls will be kept confidential, according to an ATF press release. The number to call is (800) ATF-GUNS.




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