Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals behind the July 15 theft of firearms from an army supply warehouse in Fort Irwin, California,
When 26 AK-74’s turned up missing from a Ft. Irwin Warehouse, the ATF and FBI launched an investigation that has led to the arrest of some Ft. Irwin employees.
The AK-74 is an offspring of the AK-47 in 5.45 x 39. It was introduced by the Soviet Union in 1974 and is widely distributed around the globe. Some of these weapons have surfaced in Fresno, CA. The fully automatic AK-74 is capable of firing a projectile at 900 meters per second at a cyclic rate of 600 to 700 rounds per minute, depending on the configuration. In the hands of street gangs or drug cartels, a fully automatic AK-74 would present a serious challenge to local law enforcement.
Individuals with any information are encouraged to contact special agent John A. Torres of the ATF’s Los Angeles field office.