California: ATF Offers $10K for Information on Gun Store Burglary

Editors Note: The following press release is directly from ATF. Regular readers of AmmoLand News know our stance on the unaccountable Federal Agency: No comment. We invite our readers to leave their hard-hitting insights in the comments below.

Reward for Robbery Info The Gun Shop El Centro, California
Reward for Robbery Info The Gun Shop El Centro, California

EL CENTRO, California – -( Special Agent in Charge Monique Villegas of the Los Angeles Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today announced ATF is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrests of those responsible for stealing firearms from a federal firearms licensee (FFL).

A burglary occurred at The Gun Shop, 510 Broadway, El Centro, California, between Friday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 14, 2022. When the store re-opened following the weekend, it was discovered several handguns were stolen. Law enforcement suspect three males broke into the gun store then fled.

“Firearms stolen from FFLs pose a threat to community safety as well as our law enforcement partners,” said Villegas. “Stolen firearms are crime guns. They fuel illicit trafficking and are used by violent criminals to terrorize our communities. ATF will continue to work with FFLs and industry groups, providing guidance on best practices to enhance security and ways to diminish the risk of firearms thefts.”

ATF is working with El Centro Police Department seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects and the whereabouts of the stolen firearms. Anyone with information about this crime should contact El Centro PD Detective Jeffrey Malcomb at (760) 335-4661 or callers can remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted using the Reportit® app or by visiting is external).

ATF is offering $5,000 and the National Sports Shooting Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, is offering $5,000 for a total reward up to $10,000. This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches up to $5,000 of ATF’s reward in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers.

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For additional information on 2021 FFL thefts in the United States go to… for statistics. FFLs must report to ATF each missing, lost, or stolen firearm from the FFL’s inventory or collection within 48 hours of discovery of the loss or theft. In addition, the FFL must also report the firearm theft or loss to the appropriate local law enforcement agency. For more information, follow ATF on Twitter @LosAngelesATF.

Los Angeles Field Division

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

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The Biden ATF doesn’t work in ANY gun stores interest.

AZ Lefty

No that was under Traitor Trump


You must be confusing traitor commie Joe Biden for Trump . $5 a gallon gas has not pulled your head from your ass yet ? Get a clue idiot !


I seem to remember that President Trump was out of office when “Traitor Joe” the thieving criminal left billions of dollars in Military Hardware to the Taliban!


Criminals stealing guns? I’m sure they’ll follow all the requirements for legal transfers.


Stolen weapons have attained a new value. Since self defense shootings are all deemed criminal now anyway, traceable legal weapons are becoming worthless.


The open border has turned everything within 150 miles a free fire zone. The firearms are long gone. But no worries folks. Very soon container ships will be delivering brand new M-4, M-16 rifles, M-249 and other machine guns to ports in Mexico and Central America and that new iteration of the fast and furious operation will be bringing your tax dollar provided weapons, ammo and accessories to a neighborhood near you. Back in the 1980’s we found weapons and parts taken out of Vietnam trafficked all over the world. We found loads of these weapons in Central and South… Read more »


had the same fun ,the next president may be stuck declaring a mile wide no mans land to stop it complete with mines and automatic machine guns ,welcome to south korea II


Ho many years will it take to get paid?

Country Boy

In other words the “on a LE pedestal” ATF cannot solve firearm thefts through good old fashioned hard investigative police work. They have to ask others to do it for them.


Does this store leave guns on display when it’s closed?
The indoor range/ gun shop I frequent takes all the display and rental guns down at closing time and presumably locks them in a vault in the back.


betting new pistols in gun cabinet, look at the picture they are all in their boxes

AZ Lefty

Mexico is only a few miles away they are gone


They are camped in your back yard in a tent clown .


they did not take guns to mexico they stole them on their way from mexico

AZ Lefty

It’s El Centro


Its Eric Holders gun walking by means of Fast and Furious dipshit !


Probably ATF agents did the heist. The 3 goons in the pic look like ATF. lol.