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A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that helps investigators track down the person or people who stole more than a dozen firearms from a Lancaster County sporting-goods store.

About 3:10 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, the Sportsman's Shop at 124 Main St. in East Earl Township was burglarized, and 18 handguns were stolen, according to Charlene Hennessy, spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The ATF is offering a reward of up to $2,500, which will be matched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, according to Hennessy.

The NSSF and the ATF have a cooperative initiative in which the foundation matches rewards offered by the ATF when there have been thefts of firearms from federally licensed gun retailers, Hennessy said.

"ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms," she wrote in a news release.

Where they end up: Stolen guns are quickly sold illegally or traded for drugs, and they ultimately end up being used by criminals, according to the release.

ATF is investigating along with East Earl Township Police and is asking for the public's help to identify those responsible, Hennessy said.

When Trop Gun Shop in Mount Joy Township, Lancaster County, was burglarized about 3:15 a.m. Feb. 5, three of the 17 stolen firearms were recovered in York County by Northern York County Regional Police.

More: Police: Stolen guns found after York-area chase

They were found abandoned in a stolen Mercedes after a police chase in Manchester Township.

Anyone with information about Tuesday's burglary, who committed it or the location of the missing handguns is asked to call the ATF's hotline at 888-ATF-TIPS, or email the ATF at ATFTips@atf.gov.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

 

 

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