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ATF searching for man who they say stole gun from Smoky Mountain Knife Works in February

Officials said a man, between 55 and 60 years old, stole a Smith and Wesson pistol from a display. They are offering $2,500 to help find him.

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it is looking for a man who stole a gun from Smoky Mountain Knife Works in Sevierville.

Officials said the gun was stolen on Feb. 11, at around 10 a.m. In footage from a security camera, the man is seen standing by a display and examining the gun. There were three guns on the display before he approaches it. When he walks away after examining a gun for a second time, only two are left on the stand.

The owner of Smoky Mountain Guns & Ammo, Tyler Pipes, said the man used wire cutters to remove the gun from the display. "This is the first time this has ever happened in company history," said Pipes. He said the anti-theft alarms in the display did not go off when the gun was cut from the display.

Officials said the man concealed the Smith and Wesson pistol in his jacket.

Pipes said the theft was reported to the ATF and Sevier County Sheriff's department within hours of it happening. He also said the gun itself is non-operational for display purposes.

Law enforcement said the man appeared between 55 and 60 years old, wearing a black jacket with a grey colored shirt and a black hat. He has white hair with white facial hair, according to footage from the ATF.

Anyone with any information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-888-283-8477. Information can also be sent to ATFTips@atf.gov, or through ATF’s website at www.atf.gov/contact/atftips.

Editor's note: This story was updated on April 13 to reflect a correction from the ATF saying the stolen gun was a Smith and Wesson pistol, not a Glock as originally reported. 

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