Riverside Police Department Press Release

For Immediate Release
  Date Friday, May 18, 2007
  Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
  Phone (951) 826-5147
  Contact S/A Susan K. Raichel, PIO, ATF
  Phone (213) 534-2411 Cell: (213) 925-4547


Riverside, Ca- John A. Torres, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Los Angeles Field Division, has announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the firearms theft at Turnerís Outdoorsman gun dealer in Riverside, California.

On May 10, three armed men stormed into the Turnerís Outdoorsman, at 10246 Indiana Avenue, shortly before the 9 p.m. closing time. Video surveillance footage shows three armed suspects, wearing hooded sweatshirts and face masks, running through the store stuffing the firearms into a blue duffle bag. In one and one-half minutes, the suspects were able to steal 20 handguns. A white sedan was observed in the area prior to and immediately following the robbery.

Investigators from Riverside Police Department and ATF are seeking the publicís help in identifying the three armed suspects, identifying the white sedan, or providing information on the location of the stolen firearms.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the anonymous, toll-free ATF crime gun hotline at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867) or the Riverside Police Department by contacting Detective Mike Medici at (951) 353-7104 or Detective Jim Brandt at (951) 353-7137.

ATF is the federal law enforcement agency that is charged with regulating federal firearms licensed dealers, like Turnerís Outdoorsman. More information about ATF and its programs is available at: www.atf.gov.