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ATF offers reward in gun theft

A pair of burglaries earlier this month at Dashiell’s Half-Round Showroom has attracted the concern and interest of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Washington Field Division of the ATF announced on Tuesday that it is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the theft of more than 20 guns, including shotguns, rifles and muzzleloaders.

The shop, located at 1436 Holland Road was burglarized Oct. 7 and again between Oct. 12 and 13, police have said.

The Suffolk Police Department and the ATF are investigating the burglaries and have asked for the public’s help in solving the case.

“These firearms pose a potential danger to innocent citizens, and investigators are seeking information that would aid in the resolution of the investigation,” ATF Special Agent in Charge Edgar A. Domenech stated in a press release announcing the reward on Tuesday.

“We know that in many instances, stolen firearms end up in the hands of violent criminals, who use them to commit additional crimes,” he added. “Law enforcement is asking for the public’s assistance in removing these threats from the community.”

Anyone with information about the burglaries can contact the Norfolk ATF office at 616-7400 or the Suffolk Police Department at 514-7934.

Callers also can contact Crime Line at 1-888-Lock-U-Up. Crime Line callers do not have to give their names or appear in court. If a caller’s information leads to an arrest, the caller can qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.