Authorities: 97 weapons stolen from Ohio firing range in ‘bold’ theft.

Image: Jeff Robinson for City of Powell Officials are offering…

Image: Jeff Robinson for City of Powell

Officials are offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of burglars involved in the theft of 97 weapons from a central Ohio firing range and gun-sales shop.

Police say burglars cut a hole in a concrete-block wall and stole firearms and ammunition from the suburban Columbus business.

Authorities tell WBNS-TV in Columbus that they a review of surveillance video shows that the theft was “bold and calculated”

From the ATF:

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons(s) responsible for the theft of firearms from Powder Room Gun Shop, 2470 East Powell Road, Powell, Ohio. The burglary occurred Wednesday in the early morning hours.

ATF, Powell Police Department, and the Ohio Bureau of Identification and Investigations are investigating the overnight theft of 80 plus firearms. Investigators have developed information regarding this burglary; however, they need additional information from the public that may assist them in solving the case. These firearms pose a potential danger and investigators are seeking information that would aid in the resolution of this investigation.

“Through experience, we know stolen firearms are used in furtherance of drug and gang related activities, and are also utilized by violent criminals to perpetrate additional crimes,” said Robert Browning, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Columbus Field Division. “Law enforcement is seeking assistance from the public in locating these weapons and identifying those responsible.”

“Our collaborative law enforcement effort requires the public’s help in locating the stolen weapons and identifying the persons responsible for this crime,” stated Powell Police Department Chief Gary Vest.

Anyone with information is asked to call the ATF crime gun hotline 1–800–ATF–GUNS (1–800–283–4867), the ATF Columbus Field Office at (614) 827–8450 or the Powell Police Department at (614) 396–3346 or (614) 885–5005. Callers may remain anonymous.

Source: The Associated Press via Fox News.

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