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Reward offered for information in gun theft


A reward of $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to recovering the guns stolen recently from the Family Farm and Home in Cedar Springs.

According to Sgt. Joel Roon, with the Kent County Sheriff Department, ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) is putting up $2,500, and the National Shooting Sports Association is matching that with another $2,500. “There is a possibility that others may come forward with additional funds but we are still waiting to hear,” he said.

Eighty-nine guns were stolen in a break-in at the store at 4175 17 Mile Rd, in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 4. The theft was discovered after employees arrived at work.

Grand Rapids police recovered some of the guns while investigating a separate case, and a suspect in that case was arrested on several weapons charges, including receiving and concealing stolen property. However, Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said they had no evidence that the man, Derrek Banks, 42, was involved in the original theft.

Anyone with information should contact ATF at 800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867), or the Kent County Sheriff’s Office at 616-632-6125, or Silent Observer  at (616) 774-2345. You can also use the Reportit app to send information to the ATF.

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