$10K reward offered for information on gun store break-ins

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two Louisville gun shops were broken into in less than 24 hours, and in both cases, the burglars rammed a vehicle into the business and got away with firearms before police could arrive. Now officials are offering a reward for information leading to an arrest. 

Federal officials are offering $10,000 as an incentive to anyone who can provide information that leads to an arrest. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives will hold a news conference at 1:30 this afternoon to announce the reward and release more details. 

On Wednesday, the owner of Tilford's Discount Guns on Fern Valley Road thought someone had an accident when he saw a Corvette had smashed through the front entrance of his store. He then realized the crash was just a way to stage a burglary.

The car was stolen, and the thief broke glass on the handgun display cases and made off with several weapons. 

Less than 24 hours later, a similar scene played out across town. This time, a pickup truck smashed through the 111 Gun Shop on Hurstbourne Parkway in Jeffersontown around 4:25 a.m. 

Display cases were smashed and guns were missing. A SWAT team was called in and used a robot to make sure no one was inside before removing the pickup truck. 

"Somebody is going around stealing guns, we don't know what they're up to, and it's scary."

The ATF and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are offering a $10,000 reward in each case. Officials have not yet said whether they believe the two cases are connected.

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