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Federal authorities offer $10000 for arrest of Riverside gun store burglary suspects

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Federal authorities announced a $10,000 reward on Thursday, Oct. 18, for information that leads to the arrest of three suspects wanted for stealing rifles from a Riverside gun store in September.

On the morning of Sept. 26, three suspects broke into a gun shop, Bullseye Sports at 6710 Brockton Avenue in Riverside, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said in a statement.  The suspects allegedly stole two rifles: an Inland model M1 Carbine and a Springfield model M1 Garand.

The rifles were a part of a memorial display, said Officer Ryan Railsback, spokesman for the Riverside Police Department.

Surveillance video captured the incident, showing the suspects driving a light-colored E Class Mercedes with plates possibly ending with 311, and a dark-colored Mercedes SUV with paper plates, the ATF statement said.

Authorities also released still shots from the surveillance video, vaguely showing the victim’s faces and the vehicles used in the burglary.

“ATF is committed to quelling the trend of stealing firearms from licensed gun dealers,” ATF Agent Bill McMullan said in the statement.

The Oct. 18 reward is the second $10,000 reward offered recently for a gun store burglary investigation in Riverside. Another reward was put up for a pair of burglaries at Centerfire Firearms at 3696 Sunnyside Drive. The store was first hit on May 26, where suspects stole eight long guns, and again on June 9, where suspects took 15 firearms. Officials believed both Centerfire burglaries were related.

Detectives do not believe the Centerfire incidents have any relation to the Sept. 26 burglary, Railsback said.

No arrests have been made in either of the investigations.

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