$5K offered for information after gun theft from local shooting academy

Investigators have identified one of the suspects in the break-in as Esteban Allan Aguilar, 18 (left). Surveillance cameras captured the burglars in the act. (Temple Police Dept. photos)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a reward of as much as $5,000 information that leads to the identification of the burglars who broke into the Hawkeye Shooting Academy in April in Temple and stole 30 firearms from display racks.

“Recovering these firearms quickly before additional crimes are committed remains a top priority for ATF,” said Fred Milanowski, ATF Houston Field Division special agent in charge.

The theft occurred late on the night of April 5 or early in the morning on April 6 at the indoor shooting range at 119 North 19th St. in Temple.

Investigators have identified one of the suspects in the break-in as Esteban Allan Aguilar, 18, who’s 5-foot-9, weighs about 170 pounds and has several tattoos on his face.

They think he’s among at least three suspects, all males in their late teens, who broke into the academy.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call the ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS.

In November 2019, the ATF offered a reward of as much as $10,000 for information leading to an arrest after a brazen daylight robbery at a pawnshop in Harker Heights.

Three armed men walked into the Pawn Palace in the 100 Block of East Central Texas Expressway at around 3 p.m. on Nov.16, threatened employees, smashed display cases and escaped with 29 guns.

Tips may also be submitted online.