The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives -- along with the National Shooting Sports Foundation -- announced a reward Thursday for information leading to the arrest of the person who burglarized Kwik Cash Pawn in Copperas Cove and stole 26 firearms.
Both organizations are chipping in up to $5,000 for a total reward of up to $10,000.
The ATF said a man forcibly entered the store, which is located at 401 West Business Highway 190, at 10:09 p.m. on Sept. 3. Investigators described the man as black, roughly 6 feet tall, weighing approximately 220 pounds and being in his mid to late 20s. Surveillance images show him wearing a red sweatshirt, light colored pants, a dark-colored backpack and a light-colored cloth or t-shirt covering part of his face.
Martin Ruiz with the Copperas Cove Police Department said the thinks this is the first time this many guns were taken so it is very concerning right now.
"We're hoping that maybe he might pawn them right now and that the serial numbers will come up and we're also asking for assistance with the ATF who is helping us out right now," Ruiz said.
The suspect was driving an older black sedan, which the ATF said might be a Honda.
Both the ATF and Copperas Cove Police Departments were investigating the burglary, as of Thursday morning.
Anyone who recognizes the suspect should call the ATF at 1-800-283-8477 or email ATFTips@atf.gov. You may also call the Copperas Cove Police Department at 254-547-8222 or download the ReportIt App to submit a tip from a mobile device. All tips are confidential.
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