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ATF looking at possible connection between local gun shop crimes

Stills from security footage (Kyle's on left, Peterson's on right) Stills from security footage (Kyle's on left, Peterson's on right)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or the ATF, confirms it is looking at the possibility that three recent gun shop crimes might be connected.

The crimes occurred at Peterson's Gun Shop in Sharonville, Kyle's Gunshop in Finneytown and at a gun shop in Northern Kentucky.

Security camera footage obtained by FOX19 NOW shows the attempted break-in at Kyle's. The video shows a man using a tool to try to get into the store at least five times.

The fifth time, he is seen cracking open a door, and another man is then seen approaching. However, the owner said the men were greeted by a full-fledged security system and the sound of an alarm, so they took off.

A few minutes later, the video shows police officers arriving to the scene.

Police are currently still searching for the suspects.

In Sharonville, they are hunting down criminals who are connected to a gun shop burglary that took place only days before the attempted break-in at Kyle's Gunshop.

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The thieves, according to police, forced their way inside Peterson's Gun Shop and made off with 21 guns and two knives.

Police recently released new surveillance video that they said shows one of the suspects walking.

There is now a $7500 reward for information leading to an arrest.

ATF officials said that there was a third crime committed at a gun shop in Northern Kentucky around the same time. Details on that incident have not been released, but ATF officials said they are aware of all three cases.

They said they cannot say if the crimes are definitely related, but they are not ruling it out.

An ATF spokesperson said their biggest concern is guns getting into the hands of the wrong people.

Anyone with information on any of the cases is asked to call police and report it. Police have said the calls are confidential, but there is also the option to call CrimeStoppers anonymously at (513)352-3040.

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