FARMVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — Police in Farmville are investigating after multiple guns were stolen during an early morning break-in Thursday.
Police said the incident happened at about 4 a.m. when two suspects forced their way into Ayers Building Supply on North Main Street in the town and took an undisclosed number of handguns and long guns.
A tracking K-9 from the Virginia State Police was called to the scene and was used to find a scent trail which led detectives to believe that the suspects fled via Osborne Road and High Bridge Trail State Park, eventually making their way to a vehicle on River Road.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is helping with the investigation and are offering a reward of about $2,500 which will be matched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, making the total reward worth about $5,000.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Farmville Emergency Communication Center at 434-392-3332 or the ATF confidential tip line at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477) or online at ATFTips@atf.gov.
If you have any information about this or any other crimes taking place in the Richmond area contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at http://www.7801000.com. Submit tips to GUN250 about persons illegally possessing guns by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, then using keyword “GUN250” followed by your tip. Rewards up to $250. Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
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