BELLEVUE, Wash. -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) says the surveillance video above shows thieves using a stolen vehicle to smash-in the door of the West Coast Armory gun shop in Bellevue early Tuesday morning -- the day after Christmas -- to make off with approximately 70 firearms.
The ATF and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) -- the trade association for the firearms industry -- announced a reward Friday for
information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the December 26th burglary. The ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, matched by the NSSF for a possible reward of up to $10,000. To be eligible for the reward, you must contact The ATF at:
- 1-888-ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477)
- Email ATFTips@atf.gov
- Tips may also be submitted to ATF using the ReportIt App, or at reportit.com. All calls and tips will be kept confidential.
- Online tips can also be given to Bellevue Police by CLICKING HERE.
Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound is also offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to arrests in the case. You must contact Crime Stoppers with your tip through the P3 Tips App, or 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) telephone hotline to be eligible to receive the $1,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest. It's anonymous.
Bellevue Police say just after 3am on Tuesday, a garbage truck driver heard the alarm at West Coast Armory and saw the door had been smashed-in. The suspects were gone when police got there.
Bellevue Police believe there were three suspects who fled in what was later determined to be a stolen vehicle.
Bellevue Police later tweeted that officers had recovered the suspect vehicle and it was being processed for evidence. The ATF says the The vehicle had been abandoned in a nearby apartment complex and other suspects may have been involved in helping the three flee the scene.
The ATF says the three suspects wore hooded sweatshirts and/or jackets, gloves and face coverings.
Of the approximately 70 firearms stolen, the ATF says the vast majority were handguns, but four semiautomatic rifles were taken, as well as one short-barreled rifle and a sound suppressor, sometimes known as a “silencer.”
Ofc. Tyler said there was also a break-in previously at the same place in which four guns were taken. Three of those were recovered, he said. They don’t believe the two robberies are related.