$5K reward offered in theft of 21 guns from gun shop - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

$5K reward offered in theft of 21 guns from gun shop

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A Mid-South gun store is offering a reward to get back 21 guns that were stolen during a burglary. 

The guns were stolen from McFarland's gun shop in Atoka, Tennessee, last week. Federal law enforcement agencies and the Tipton County Sheriff's Office is investigating the brazen burglary. They said there were $12,000 worth of pistols, rifles, and silence suppressors taken.

"Bad to have it out there in the bad guys' hands--that many weapons," Bob McFarland, McFarland Gun Shop owner, said.

McFarland discovered the burglary last Tuesday morning. 

The shop is behind his house on a residential road. The thieves broke through a window to gain access inside the store sometime last Monday night. McFarland said the glass was jagged on all four sides.

"There wasn't any blood, hair, clothing, nothing in there and I know I couldn't have got through that window without snagging something," McFarland said.

It appears the crooks weren't familiar with this shop. McFarland said they did not take any cash from the register, they left more expensive weapons untouched, and they case they broke open has an easy open door that would've saved them some trouble.

"We feel like it's somebody that didn't know because of what they got and how they did it," McFarland said. "We feel like they hadn't been in there before."

The thieves didn't knock over a table or disturb anything while going through the small window. McFarland thinks they were in and out in five minutes.

The ATF and National Shooting Sports Foundation are offering up to $5,000 reward for information.

If you know anything about the theft of the weapons, call the ATF at 1-800-283-4867 or the Tipton County Sheriff's Office. 

The kinds of guns that were stolen have not been released.

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