MARSHALL - The Marshall Police Department is investigating the recent theft of multiple firearms taken from a home in the 1100 block of Washington Avenue.
Marshall Police Chief Rob Yant said the theft was reported Monday, but authorities aren't sure when it took place.
The Marshall Police Department and Marshall Area Crime Fund are offering a reward of up to $1,000, in addition to a $4,000 private reward for a total reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the burglary.
"This is the third theft in the area; they (guns) are all going someplace," said Yant. "We don't know too much at this point. We're working with the ATF on it, and it goes into a national database. One caveat is, we encourage people who have personal (gun) collections to secure their weapons."
Yant said the family putting up $4,000 in reward money shows how serious they are about finding the thieves.
"A thousand dollars is pretty big money for us from our crime fund, but the family was willing to increase that, taking it up to 5 (thousand); that shows they're very serious about this."
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Marshall Police Department at 507-537-7000.
The burglary continues a trend of stolen firearms in Marshall. Last November, three people connected to a 2013 Halloween burglary at Borch's Sporting Goods were arrested by Worthington Police, and on July 3, more than 20 handguns, three long guns and 27 boxes of ammunition were stolen from Borch's. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation has teamed to put up a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for that theft.
Yant said the suspects in the July 3 theft at Borch's have been charged with offenses unrelated to the Borch's incident.
"We've had some action on the suspects, but nothing directly related to the burglary," he said.