Thieves target guns in unlocked cars

Posted at 11:14 PM, May 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-18 23:18:09-04

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla., - Lee County deputies are looking for a pair of crooks caught on camera breaking into cars in a Lehigh Acres neighborhood.

Survelliance video shows two masked men getting away with a glock 9mm gun outside of a home on Sheldon Avenue last week as well as other values. A week later, deputies say that gun is still missing.

Corporal Phillip Mullen, with Cape Coral Police Department, says locking your car can mean the difference between your gun being safe or stolen.

"99% of our car burglaries to include the ones they get guns out of, they're unlocked. They're always unlocked," Mullen said.

Four In Your Corner uncovered that since January, 60 guns have been reported stolen in Cape Coral. The number is up to 158 since last May.

"That's a scary number," said Phyllis Osterlund, a Cape Coral resident. "If they're selling them to get money or to rob, that's a bad thing. That does concern me."

In Naples, that number is just 13 stolen guns since last May.

Mullen says these stolen guns often end up being sold or used in a crime.

"One gun is a concern. we want zero. We want guns in the hands of law abiding citizens that choose to have them, not criminals," Mullen said.

He recommends creating as many barriers as possible to protect your gun from thieves.

"Keep it out of sight, guns are usually sold in a box you can lock up, put a trigger lock on it, whatever you can do to discourage them from wanting to take that."