Reward increases to $10,000 if you can point to thieves who stole guns from Bass Pro Shop

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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:

boarded up bass pro

Entry to Bass Pro in Independence boarded up after Thurs. morning break-in.

bass pro entry

Bass Pro of Independence was robbed of several guns early Thursday morning.

Bass Pro of Independence was robbed of several guns early Thursday morning.

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11 comments

  • Terry Roberts

    To the employee who said “do you know how long you go to jail for stealing one gun, let alone a bunch of them” the answer is probably about the same amount of time, because usually there is plea bargaining involved and they will do it for one weapon.

    • Brian Plubell

      Plea bargain I don’t think so that many guns first of all whoever stole those guns from the store is going to be brazenis going to be brazen in a real low life and a real low life then I will guarantee is selling them I’m sure they won’t be taking the names of the peopleI’m sure they won’t be taking the names of the people are selling them too they are selling them too.They need to go to prison I agree we have the right to bear arms. But obviously there are people that do not belong with weapons people that do not belong with weapons to think that this store had this many weapons on display and nosecurity guard on the premises . There should be a guard out front of that building 24/7!!!!!

    • Nancy

      Larry, How many ‘Business’s & Homes’ do you think have alarms in the City of Independence?

      Now, tell me how do you expect for say (18) Police Officers on duty on a given shift for a City with a Population of what 120,000+ to take care of “ALL THOSE 911 CALLS” and be there at Every Alarm Call?

      • Joe

        Yes, I would expect them to be there considering it has a store full of guns. That would make it a priority; although Brass Pro should have to pay for this extra benefit.

  • N Larsen

    That’s because once you walk off the side walk of Bass Pro it is no longer their property, but that of the City. Their used to be cameras in the parking lot but the city didn’t keep them up. Which is why that parking lot has had several vehicles broken into.