'Violated, anxious, worried': Burglary victim stresses about stolen guns
CREATED May. 3, 2013
MARANA, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Criminals made off with some heavy and potentially deadly loot in Marana in broad daylight. 9 On Your Side goes inside the victim's home and the bigger issue of stolen guns.
“I feel violated, anxious, worried,” Ian said.
The crooks kicked in part of Ian’s front door earlier this week and headed straight for it.
“A five-foot tall, 30-inch wide Liberty safe,” said Ian, who didn’t feel comfortable sharing his last name. “It weighed about 700 pounds.”
Inside that safe, Ian said, were four rifles, two handguns and about 2,000 rounds of legal ammo.
He guessed the men dragged the safe on a blanket -- possibly using a dolly -- into his garage then loaded it up and drove away. Doors and walls in his northwest side home show the scratches and scuffs.
A neighbor called the cops but the group -- working in daylight -- was gone when officer arrived, he said.
Marana police are on the case, but didn't want to talk about it Friday.
Law enforcement agencies report gun safes are common targets because of the value of what's inside. A number of similar crimes recently prove that.
Thieves ripped open one Tucson woman’s safe and grabbed six handguns inside. Last week, thugs tried but failed to get in another woman's safe. The thugs didn’t know it, but no guns were inside.
The feds reported criminals steal more than 230,000 guns from homes a year.
What do crooks do with them?
“There's 1,000 different things that could happen,” said Sgt. Maria Hawke, describing the volume of possibilities where the weapons could end up.
Various law enforcement agencies said thieves turn to websites or pawn shops or they sell or trade to other people.
Ian's worried about his stolen guns ending up in the wrong hands.
“I don't care about the monetary value,” he said. “I really worry that those guns hurt somebody.”
He hoped police can get them back as quickly as the men stole them.
If you have guns and keep them in safe, some advice is to be sure to keep it locked and bolt it down.