ATF, NSSF Offer Up to $5K Reward for Auburn WA Firearms Burglary

ATF, NSSF Offer Up to $5K Reward for Auburn Firearms Burglary
ATF, NSSF Offer Up to $5K Reward for Auburn Firearms Burglary

SEATTLE, WA — -(AmmoLand.com)- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, announced a reward today for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the burglary of Coastal Farm and Ranch in Auburn, Wash., on Feb. 16, in which 15 pistols were stolen.

An unknown male used bolt cutters and a pry bar to break through an outer and inner door of Coastal Farm and Ranch at about 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16. The suspect took 15 pistols and fled the scene in a waiting vehicle driven by a second suspect.

The suspect who broke into the store is believed to be a light-skinned male, about 6 feet tall and 160 pounds. He has a larger nose and thick eyebrows. He was wearing a black and white plaid jacket, True Religion jeans and Nike Air Foamposite One metallic gold shoes.

The vehicle the two suspects departed in is a 2013 or newer dark blue compact/midsize SUV, possibly a Mazda CX-5 or Ford Edge, with chrome window trim, running boards and aluminum rims. The vehicle was also missing its front license plate.

Photos from the burglary are included on the following pages of this notice.

ATF, NSSF Offer Up to $5K Reward for Auburn Firearms Burglary
ATF, NSSF Offer Up to $5K Reward for Auburn Firearms Burglary

ATF is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved, and the recovery of the firearms, and NSSF is matching the reward, bringing the total to up to $5,000.

“We believe these firearms are most likely still there in the area, and are a threat to the safety of the community until they are recovered, and the perpetrators are taken into custody,” explained Jonathan T. McPherson, ATF Seattle Field Division Special Agent in Charge. “We ask if that you know who took part in this brazen burglary, or know where any of the firearms are, you call ATF or your local law enforcement agency. You can also submit a tip online or via e-mail.”

Anyone with information about the persons responsible and/or information leading to the recovery of the stolen firearms should contact ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477), email [email protected], or contact ATF through its website at www.atf.gov/contact/atftips.

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.

All calls and tips will be kept confidential. More information about ATF and its programs are available at www.atf.gov.



Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ( ATF )Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

ATF is the federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating violations of the federal firearms and explosives laws and regulations. More information about ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.gov.

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Beobear
Beobear
7 months ago

Shouldn’t be too hard to find him. Hmmm….intelligent he is not. The idiot dressed in easy to identify clothing AND left his mask low on his face exposing way too much to the camera. Someone will see the picture and say “oh, hey that’s Rick. He lives down the street. Not the sharpest tool in the shed. Saw him trying to change the wrong tire once, he was amazed that it aired right back up by the time he got it off. Then cursed his luck that the tire on the other side went flat on him during that time.… Read more »

Rowboat
Rowboat
7 months ago

Seattle huh ? Seems like ANTIFA and BLM are arming up for the big riots that are bound to happen, should officer Chavin and Kyle Rittenhouse be found not guilty. However, they will be found politically guilty because they are the sacrificial lambs to keep the insurrectionist from burning down America. Arm up, stay vigilant.

Arny
Arny
7 months ago

You have 2 different vehicles in the pictures provided, The black & white photo has chrome running boards & is not a Mazda. Looks more like a Volvo station wagon XC90 to me. Look at the top of the back windows totally different. I can see why people get stopped for nothing when the cars are clearly different. Police should hire a body man or mechanic to help identify cars in their searches. Just saying. lol

Sisu
Sisu
7 months ago

So the “perpetrators” are NOT part of a DOJ/BATFE “sting operation” ? …

Based on the “shoes” how can we be sure the images were not “Photo-shopped” and we (the “readers”) are not just being played given the Ammoland readers’ “profile” (per “social media algorithms”) ? … Other images are B/W while “shoes” pic is full-color from waist down ?

Arny
Arny
7 months ago
Reply to  Sisu

Seeing how they could identify shoes but not a vehicle is strange. lol

Sisu
Sisu
7 months ago
Reply to  Arny

Perhaps “they” are currently reviewing all the private and public “closed circuit camera” videos and “traffic cams” (Auburn’s got enough of them (https://auburn.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/4a9141ef90fe4217a8a212705236ac66), and will soon be able to at least identify the vehicle model.

Tionico
Tionico
7 months ago
Reply to  Sisu

dim light tends to read in black and white. The reflections fromthem shoes is very bright, so the cam can pick up some colour.

The second photo looks a whole lot like the Mazda 5 minivan. Freind of mine has one, but I know where that one was at the time/place of this job. He also does not like guns, and so would not stage a heist.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
7 months ago

We had the same thing happen about two weeks ago in Junction City Oregone just outside of Eugene on Hwy 99 but they stole a vehicle, smashed the doors went in and stole rifles. A smash and grab happened at Fred Meyer in Florence Oregone about three years ago and then another Fred Meyer a couple weeks later. I think this might be becoming a trend. I can only assume it is criminals that want to arm themselves that cant find a stolen gun on the street or can’t buy one in a store because of all the loop holes… Read more »

Tionico
Tionico
7 months ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

more likelazy dirtbags looking for easy cash. Steal a pile of guns, have skanky “friends”, guns become cashpretty quickly. Little risk, IF you manage to pull off the heist cleanly. But most don’t.

At least tnis IS one good thing BATF attend to.. trying to solve a gun heist.

This one smells like an inside job to me. Seems the perp knew the inside layout pretty well, AND the hardened access points and how to breach them. Check to see who bought a big bolt cutter from Coastal in the past couple weeks. Especialy if it was an employee.