December 5, 2012
PDT Staff Writer
Guns continue to be the favorite target of thieves in the area. Two guns and two safe’s were reported stolen from a house on Beloat Road in Lucasville early Tuesday morning.
According to the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, someone gained entry to the home and took a Browning 625 12-gauge shotgun valued at $325, a Mossberg .22 caliber rifle, valued at $100, a safe valued at $100, and another safe valued at $80.
On Saturday, someone broke into a home on Back Street in Scioto Furnace and took a New England 17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire single shot rifle and scope, valued at $275, and a Connecticut Valley Arms 50-caliber Muzzleloader 44, valued at $200.
“There’s many times when we’ll do search warrants on drug-related offenses, and it’s nothing to find 20 guns,” Donini said. “And the thing about proving guns are stolen is that you have to have serial numbers. And in many cases the victims don’t have their serial numbers recorded. Therefore, we don’t have those available to confirm whether or not, in fact, a gun is stolen.”
Donini said gun thefts are like the majority of other thefts in the region are usually drug-related.
“We believe a lot of the guns stolen from area residences are being used in the course of drug deals,” Donini said. “In other words, instead of paying cash, they might pay with guns.”
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.