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$10,000 reward offered in theft of assault rifles from Army post

August 1, 2011 |  9:55 am

An image of an AK-74 similar to those reported stolen.

Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the theft of assault rifles from the Fort Irwin Army Post.

One Dragunov rifle and 26 AK-74 rifles were stolen July 15 from a supply warehouse at the national training center midway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles in the high Mojave Desert.

Employees at the warehouse have been questioned, one civilian was arrested and one of the weapons was recovered, authorities said. No other details were released.

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI and the California Department of Justice.

Officials ask anyone with tips to contact the ATF at (800) 283-4867, or the Fort Irwin criminal investigation division office at (760) 380-5812.


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Photo: An image of an AK-74 similar to those reported stolen. Credit: ATF / KTLA