The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association in the firearms industry, said Friday they are pooling resources to provide a reward of up to $ 10,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the theft of 34 firearms from a federal gun licensee in Portland.
A 19-year-old woman faces federal theft charges after she was stopped Tuesday night for hauling a stolen trailer containing 34 firearms, mostly rifles.
But the stolen weapons have not yet been recovered, according to federal agents and prosecutors.
“We believe these weapons are likely still in Portland or southwestern Washington,” said Jonathan T. McPherson, special agent who manages the Seattle field division at the federal firearms agency.
McPherson said stolen firearms obtained “in the wrong hands are a threat to community safety and will occur until they are recovered and the remaining culprits or culprits are brought into custody.”
If guns are stolen, they usually stay in the local area where they were taken and, unfortunately, can lead to crimes at the moment, according to Jason Chudy, an ATF spokesman.
The guns were displayed last week at the Shooting Sports & Blade Expo at Portland’s Expo Center and were locked in a trailer Monday attached to a white Ford F-250 truck belonging to the 21-year-old son of Julie Zielke, Zielke told The Oregonian. /OregonLive.
Zielke, who works as a show and events manager at St. Helens business Tactical Ordnance, said some of the guns were personal guns belonging to his son and Rob E. Heller of Tactical Ordnance and others that were sold at the show on Saturday and Sunday. .
As he and his sons packed their luggage at the Oxford Suites hotel in North Jantzen Beach just before 10 a.m. Monday, they saw from their bedroom windows a man and a woman. driving with his son’s white Ford F-250 truck and their attached trailer. .
Angelina Nicole Pintor-Schindler was arrested Tuesday night after a violent chase that ended when she collided with another stolen truck carrying Zielke’s stolen trailer on the Interstate Bridge. He made his first appearance in federal court on Wednesday, accused of stealing from a federally licensed firearm.
His alleged complicity was not found, according to federal authorities.
The stolen firearms included rifles, shotguns, handguns and gun receivers and frames.
The firearms bureau is offering a reward of up to $ 5,000 paired with the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Federal agents spent most of Tuesday documenting each of the guns stolen. Initially, Zielke reported 35 firearms were stolen but one was determined not to be part of the stolen cache of firearms, Chudy said.
Anyone with information about the people responsible or information that will lead to the recovery of stolen firearms should contact 1-888-ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477), email [email protected] or contact ATF through its website.
Tips can also be submitted to the federal firearms bureau using the ReportIt® app, available on Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting the Reportit website. All calls and tips are kept confidential.
– Maxine Bernstein
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