ATF, NSSF team up for $10K reward in Borch’s case

MARSHALL – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) are teaming up to offer a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the theft of firearms from Borch’s Sporting Goods.

The ATF announced the reward Thursday. ATF is offering a $5,000 reward, which will be matched by the NSSF, a trade association for the firearms industry.

“It’s a large reward because of the importance of getting those firearms back to law enforcement and to the business owner,” said Robert Schmidt, special agent/public information officer with the ATF’s St. Paul Field Division. “It’s a large number of firearms that were taken.”

Approximately 23 handguns, three long guns and 27 boxes of ammunition were stolen about 4:24 a.m. on Thursday, July 3.

The Marshall Police Department and the Marshall Area Crime Fund have already offered up a $2,000 reward in the case, bringing the total reward to $12,000.

“We want to make sure these guns don’t get in the wrong hands and be used against somebody else,” Schmidt said. “That’s a lot of firepower out there.”

The July 3 break-in was the second in less than a year at Borch’s. The store got hit a day before Halloween 2013 when a car was driven through the front doors. Multiple firearms were taken in that burglary as well.

In November, Worthington Police arrested three people in connection with that incident. Police said a Worthington woman, her adult son, and a 17-year-old juvenile were arrested after being pulled over in a traffic stop. Complaints filed in court alleged that several guns stolen from Borch’s were found in the suspects’ possession.

Schmidt said it’s not rare for a business that sells guns to get hit by thieves multiple times.

ATF and the Marshall Police Department are investigating the theft.

Any information regarding this burglary should be reported to either the Sioux Falls ATF Office at 605- 782-8200 or Marshall Police Department at 507-537-7000.

All calls will be kept confidential.