ATF: $10,000 reward for info on theft of 13 firearms

BALTIMORE, Md. (WMAR) -

You almost have to know where the Hanover Armory is in order to get to it, buried in the back of an office park in Hanover, walk-ins are not much of the store’s business.

The armory is a serious gunsmith for serious and responsible gun owners.

"We have contracts with U.S. Marshals, we've had NSA boys around here, Anne Arundel County.  A lot of law enforcement officers and Department of Defense, but also the general public as well," said Vice President and Co-Founder Julean Seminazzi.

The Hanover Armory manufactures hand guns and rifles, it is not just a gun store but early Sunday morning four suspects found their way through the back lot to smash and grab handguns and long guns.

13 firearms were taken, half of which were inoperable though as they were still being built.

Seminazzi says thanks to the security system, the suspects didn't have the time or ability to reach the majority of the inventory.

“We are aware of what we do for a living and the dangers of stuff getting out. So we put as much effort into it as we can to stop it, which is again, why what they got compared to what they could have was a significant gap."

ATF Baltimore was notified of the burglary early Sunday morning and is now offering a 10-thousand-dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of the four suspects.

Whether all the guns stolen were operable or not, preventing any use on the streets is a main concern for ATF.

"It is a top priority of the agency to not only stop federal firearm licensee burglaries and robberies, but once they occur to then identify those perpetrators with our partners and detain them," said Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Matthew Varisco.

It is a shared belief by Seminazzi as he repairs the minimal damage to his shop and works to add a security system he thinks already prevented something worse.

"At the end of the day our security features prevented what they probably wanted to begin with and that is what counts. The next important thing is literally just getting the guns off the streets."

ATF urges those who have any information regarding this incident to call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477) or send an email to ATFTips@atf.gov. 

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