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One of the 'Biggest Gun Thefts Ever' Is Tracked to Chicago

About 400 guns were taken from a UPS facility in Tennessee, per the ATF
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 2, 2018 4:20 PM CDT
A UPS sorting facility is seen in this file photo.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – Hundreds of guns that were stolen from a United Parcel Service facility in Tennessee were recovered Tuesday in the Chicago area, federal authorities say. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says most of the roughly 400 guns taken from a UPS facility in Memphis were found in Midlothian, a Chicago suburb, the AP reports. ATF had said the guns were taken Sunday by two men in a U-Haul truck. ATF spokesman Michael Knight says the truck was recovered along with the guns. An 18-year-old man has been charged in the theft. Authorities are searching for the second suspect, in addition to anyone else who may have been involved, Knight says.

The estimate of 400 stolen firearms makes it one of the largest single gun thefts the ATF has investigated, Knight says. Agents are trying to determine if some of the guns had already been sold or traded before they were found. UPS said it is cooperating with law enforcement. ATF had asked the public to send social media posts, photos, or any other information related to the theft. A $5,000 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

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