Reward offered for information on firearms theft

By: W. Curt Vincent - Bladen Journal

ELIZABETHTOWN — A $10,000 reward is being offered for any information that will lead to the arrest of individuals who broke into Bladen Hardware on South Poplar Street on July 16 and fled the store with numerous firearms.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, have joined together to offer $5,000 each in the case.

Bladen Hardware, a federal firearms licensee, was forcibly entered shortly after 11 p.m. There has been no indication on the exact number or of the type of firearms stolen.

Anyone with information should contact ATF at 1-800—283-4867, email to, or contact ATF through its website at Tips may also be submitted to ATF through the ReportIt ® app, available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting All calls and tips will be kept confidential.

Individuals can also contact the Elizabethtown Police Department or call 911 with information.

W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or by email at

W. Curt Vincent

Bladen Journal