ATF offering reward in Athens gun/pawn shop burglary

Updated: Mar. 28, 2017 at 3:27 PM CDT
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ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has announced a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the Athens Pawn Shop burglary earlier this month.

Approximately 63 firearms handguns were reported stolen from Bradford's Jewelry and Pawn at 314 Marion St. on March 20. The Athens Police Department has been working with the ATF on this case.

The ATF is offering up to $2,500, which will be matched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation for a total reward of up to $5,000. This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF for cases involving thefts from federally licensed firearms retailers.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867) or the Athens Police Department  at 256-233-8700. Information can also be sent to ATF via the mobile app by using the Nashville field division as the location.

One arrest has already been made. Brian James Parker, 21, of Athens was charged with third-degree burglary.

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