ATF, sheriff’s office seek information in firearms burglary

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary of Black Dog Sporting Goods in Bedford County, according to a release issued Friday by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

On Aug. 24 at 12:27a.m., the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to Black Dog Sporting Goods, 1291 Burnbridge Road, Forest, Va., for a burglar alarm. Deputies arrived three minutes after being dispatched to the scene and found the front door to the business damaged and opened. Lynchburg Police also responded to assist Bedford County Sheriff’s Office in clearing the scene for suspects. However, none were located.

Three firearms were reported missing by the business owner. Black Dog Sporting Goods is a federal firearms licensee, according to the release.

Security footage revealed four male subjects wearing hooded sweatshirts, entering the building. ATF is working with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office in this investigation, the release stated.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867), email or contact ATF through it’s website at Tips may also be submitted to ATF by using the ReportIt app, or by visiting You may also provide information by contacting the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900 or go online to

ATF and the NSSF are each offering a reward of up to $2,500, for a total reward of $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest, the release stated.

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