The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, announced a reward today for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary of Palace City Pawn, a federal firearms licensee in Mitchell.
The Mitchell Police Department and ATF are investigating the pawnshop burglary that occurred around 3 a.m. on June 1. Surveillance footage captured four individuals forcefully entering the premises, stealing a number of firearms and then fleeing the scene.
ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $10,000. Information eligible for reward must lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary or aid in the recovery of the stolen firearms.
The attached images are still-frames of surveillance footage captured during the break-in at Palace City Pawn, Mitchell SD June 1st.
The increased reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative in which NSSF matches an ATF reward in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers. ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.
Those with information in relation to this incident, the identification of those responsible, or information on the stolen firearms should call Crime Stoppers at (605) 996-1700. To submit a mobile tip, download the free “P3 Tips” app from the Google Play store or Apple Store or by visiting www.p3tips.com. You can also go to www.mitchellcrimestoppers.org to submit a crime tip by e-mail. Information submitted can remain anonymous. However, contact information is required if a reward is sought.
ATF is a bureau within the Department of Justice whose mission is to prevent, interrupt and remove violent gun crime from American communities. The St. Paul Field Division works with local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety organizations to combat violent gun crime in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.