ROCK COUNTY, WI - Thieves have their eyes on guns and theft of those weapons is up according to a study by the Department of Justice. That same study shows that while 4,000 gun stores were targeted nationwide over the last three years with more 74,000 guns being stolen from said stores, more than 230,000 guns were stolen in home burglaries.
But gun thefts aren't anything new says, Captain Jude Maurer, with the Rock County Sheriff's department.
"It's not out of the norm for us to receive burglary investigations in which firearms were stolen," said Capt. Maurer, "but it seems to be during those situations that the guns were taken because they were just there."
criminals are targeting the actual gun itself. Two weeks ago, four people stole more than 20
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"In speculating, it is possible that thieves are targeting areas in which they can find these types of weapons under the guise that you may not be able to get these styles of weapons because of the ban."
Maurer says the concept is similar to an issue the county had with scrap metal theft and crooks getting away with copper piping. He says there was a market for the goods.
"The cost of those materials being taken to recycling centers was too much of a temptation of these thieves not to avoid," said Maurer.
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