SALEM — Federal authorities are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people who stole 16 guns from a Vermont sporting goods store.

Salem police recovered seven of the stolen guns, when a man looking through the trash bin at his apartment complex at 99 Cluff Crossing found a duffel bag with the firearms inside.

Police Capt. Shawn Patten said detectives are working with agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. They are trying to determine why some of the stolen guns wound up in Salem.

"We are working with them on the Salem end of the case," Patten said. "These are the only guns that have been recovered so far."

Police said the burglary at Barrows Trading Post in Quechee, Vt., occurred June 1. Quechee police responded to the theft, but the burglar or burglars were already gone.

Police said they believe someone planned on coming back for the guns, which were in a duffel bag with a Red Sox logo on the front.

Wayne Barrows, the owner of Barrows Trading Post, is offering an additional $500 to the reward.

Anyone with information can call the ATF office in Burlington, Vt., at 802-865-4020 or Salem police at 893-1911.

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