Rewards totaling $5,000 are being offered in connection with an investigation into the theft of guns Wednesday from a firearms store in Cherokee County.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, are looking into the burglary at Hi-Caliber Firearms on Overlook Circle in Canton, the ATF said in a news release.
Each agency is offering $2,500 for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft.
The number of stolen guns numbered 127, ATF spokesman Noel Priester told AJC.com on Friday. Three silencers also were taken.
The thieves entered through the front door, he said. Authorities have no suspects.
"We take this crime very seriously,” ATF agent Arthur Peralta said in the release. “Firearms trafficking is a serious offense which results in significant federal prison time for the person or persons responsible."
The stolen guns pose a “potential danger to citizens, communities, and our overall quality of life,” Peralta said.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact the ATF gun hotline at 800-ATF-GUNS (283-4867). Information can also be sent to ATFTips@atf.gov, through ATF’s website at www.atf.gov/contact/atftips. Tips can be submitted anonymously using the Reportit® app or by visiting www.reportit.com.
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