BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Authorities are offering a reward for information after 23 guns were stolen from a Jefferson County pawn shop.
Birmingham Police say the Family Pawn on Springville Road in Jefferson County was broken into on Jan. 30.
Authorities are on the hunt for the suspects and the guns to make sure they don't fall into the wrong hands. They will need the eyes and ears of the community, but another valuable resource, the national crime information center’s database, may help in the recovery.
Stolen guns getting into the hands of the wrong people is not something people like to hear about in their neighborhood.
This particular incident at Family Pawn has sparked conversation at other local gun stores.
Retired police officer and co-owner of Sheep Dog Firearms & Gun Range, Derrick Hood, says the database authorities use is a great tool to help find what’s been stolen.
“If you come across a gun on the street, it was always nice to be able to run the make and serial number on the firearm and then that way if it came back stolen, we were able to take it off the street and at least get it out of the bad guys’ hands and maybe even get it back to the rightful owner,” says Hood.
After running the gun info, the National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC) database gives instant information back to authorities on stolen guns, just like it does when a license is run by an officer.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) are offering a total reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to a conviction in the case.
Anyone with information regarding the theft should call ATF at 1-888-283-8477 or Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777.