Federal authorities and a firearms trade group are offering a reward of up to $15,000 in the case of an armed robbery of a Charlotte pawn shop where nearly two dozen guns were stolen last month.
The robbers’ haul was part of a record pace of about 900 guns stolen so far in the Carolinas, according to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The pawn shop heist happened around 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Cash America Pawn in the 4600 block of N. Tryon Street, the ATF said. One suspect brandished a gun and the other had a crowbar.
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In addition to 21 guns, they also stole jewelry and a video game system, reported WBTV, the Observer’s news partner. The ATF and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are handling the case.
The same store also had multiple guns stolen by armed robbers on June 23. A $15,000 reward also was offered in that case.
Another Cash America Pawn location, this one in the 3200 block of Wilkinson Boulevard, was hit by armed robbers Oct. 12. There have been three arrests in that case so far.
The ATF and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are offering the reward in the most recent case. Anyone with information about it may contact the ATF at 800-283-4867, email ATFTips@atf.gov or via its website at https://www.atf.gov/contact/atf-tips.