The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) -- the trade association for the firearms industry -- announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the theft of firearms from Deb’s Gun Range, 6819 Kennedy Avenue, Hammond, Ind. The burglary occurred at approximately 4:15 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15. This reward offer matches a reward offering by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) of up to $5,000.
ATF and the Hammond Police Department are investigating the theft of 33 firearms. Investigators have developed information regarding this burglary; however, they need additional information from the public that may assist them in solving the case.
Steve Sanetti, president of the NSSF, said, "Our matching reward offer will hopefully help assist ATF and local law enforcement in solving this crime against a federally licensed firearms dealer and lead to the swift recovery of stolen firearms before they can enter the illegal underground black market where they can be misused to commit violent crimes."
The matching reward payment by NSSF will be granted only following payment of the initial ATF reward.
Any information regarding this burglary should be reported to:
ATF hotline: 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867)
Hammond Police Department: 219-852-2906
The ATF hotline is toll free, all information will be treated confidentially and the callers will remain anonymous upon request.
For any questions about the theft of these firearms, please contact ATF at the number listed above.