An image of a thief during a Sept. 1 break-in.Provided

The ATF announced Thursday that a reward is being offered for the thieves who lifted a batch of handguns from a Philly gun shop.

Seventeen handguns were stolen over the course of three burglaries from Lock's Philadelphia Gun Exchange, the ATF said Thursday.

Five guns were stolen on Aug 26 around 3:30 a.m. from the shop on Rowland Avenue in Mayfair, the ATF said.

A second break-in took place Sept. 1 but nothing was stolen. Surveillance video from the Sept. 1 incident when nothing was stolen shows an individual unsuccessfully trying to use a pipe to break open display cases in the shop.


In the third break-in, on Sept. 14 around 2:30 a.m., 12 handguns were stolen from the gun store, the ATF said.

ATF Special Agent in Charge Sam Rabadi said in a statement they hope the guns will be returned.

“ATF is soliciting the public’s help to come forward with any information that will help investigators identify and arrest the gun thieves. Stolen guns are quickly peddled through underground sales, or traded for drugs, and ultimately end up at crime scenes, to include being used in acts of violence," Rabadi said.

The ATF is offering $5,000 and the National Shooting Sports Foundation

Tipsters: Call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477) or email, or through the ReportIt app.

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