Investigators probe Medina County gun store heist

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(Independence) - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, are announcing a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary of BMT Firearms, located at 123 Greenwich Road, Seville, Ohio.

ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total possible reward of $10,000.

At approximately 1:15 a.m. on Nov. 15, 2017, several unknown individuals forcibly gained entry into the building, taking 16 handguns and four long guns. 

ATF is working with the Seville Police Department, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to investigate the incident.

The same individuals are suspected of attempting to burglarize Elite Tactical, located at 224 High Street, Wadsworth, Ohio prior to entering BMT Firearms.  The suspects were unable to make entry to the Wadsworth store.  

ATF spokesperson Suzanne Dabkowski tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, they are working with the Seville and Wadsworth police departments to investigate the incidents.

Anyone having information about this burglary should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867).  Individuals may also email, or contact ATF through its website at  

Tips may also be submitted to ATF using the ReportIt® app, available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting  

Tipsters may remain anonymous.This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF rewards in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed retailers.  

ATF works closely with the members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.

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