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Ravalli County Sheriff's Office and ATF seek information on stolen explosives

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The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are seeking information related to the recent theft of 285 pounds of explosives from a storage facility west of Victor.

They are offering a reward of up to $5,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the recovery of the explosives and to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft.

The heist occurred between March 15 and April 1, when a suspect or suspects forcefully gained access to an explosives storage facility operated by Ajax Contracting Inc., stealing ammonium nitrate fuel oil, explosive boosters and dynamite. 

“The theft of explosives is a very serious crime and a top investigative priority for ATF,” said Ken Bray, resident agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Montana.

“We are asking for the public’s help in our effort to apprehend and convict those responsible.  We are confident that someone can help identify a suspect and we encourage them to call us.”

Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman Sheriff Hoffman encourages anyone with information regarding the theft to call the numbers listed below.

“Locating these explosives is imperative to the safety of the citizens of Ravalli County and elsewhere. The sheriff’s office is working closely with ATF to resolve this case as soon and safely as possible, ” Hoffman said in a release.

Stealing explosives and possession of stolen explosives is a federal crime that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the ATF hotline at 1-888-283-2662, or locally in Billings at 406-657-9700.

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Nick is a general assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette

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