INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released surveillance pictures on Friday from the Feb. 13 burglary at the Bass Pro Shop, 18001 E. Bass Drive in Independence.
Additionally, the ATF announced the $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible has now doubled, after the National Shooting Sports Foundation decided to match those funds, bringing the possible reward to $10,000.
Thieves broke into the Bass Pro Shop on Thursday, Feb. 13. Officers received the call triggered by the burglar alarm at about 3:20 a.m. When they arrived on the scene, they found broken glass and called Bass Pro management, who checked their inventory and determined several guns were taken. Authorities said all the guns were long guns.
“We are continuing to develop very solid information in this case and are hopeful that with the release of the surveillance footage and the additional reward money offered by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, that those in the community who have information will contact us,” said John Ham, ATF Public Information Officer, in a news released emailed to FOX 4.
A customer visiting the store told FOX 4 in a facebook message that the front entry was damaged and boarded up. He saw three cases with busted glass. He reported that two large long gun racks were ripped from the wall.
He said the employee at the gun counter told him, “Do you know how long you go to jail for stealing one gun let alone a bunch of them?”
No one was hurt in the burglary and police say no employees saw the burglars.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867) or Independence Police at 816-325-7300.
See the new surveillance photos here: