Theft of five firearms from vehicles in southwest Keyser in an area known as “The Hill” remains under investigation by the Keyser Police Department.It is my contention that leaving a gun in the car is wrong and should be illegal. Leaving the car unlocked is just further evidence of that irresponsibility.
Three incidents were reported Saturday, including theft of a Remington .270 caliber rifle and a Remington .223 caliber rifle from an unlocked vehicle in the 500 block of Baltimore Street; theft of $648 worth of assorted items from an unlocked vehicle in the 500 block of Richmond Street; and theft of two wallets from a vehicle in the 400 block of Ridge Street.
Keyser Police also investigated theft of three firearms from a locked vehicle at the rear of an apartment building on Carskadon Road. Valued at $1,600, the stolen firearms included a Remington .270 caliber rifle, a Savage .22 caliber rifle and a Ruger .22 caliber Magnum rifle. Hunting equipment was also taken.
“We urge residents to keep their vehicles locked to help deter this type of crime,” said a Keyser Police official.
I'm not saying the thieves are not wrong. They are responsible for what they do. But the gun owner who fails to properly store his firearms in a safe manner is guilty of that and should be held accountable.
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