On Tuesday, Sept. 20, a gun was reported stolen in the 300 block of E. Pine. Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder said the victime “was the lawful owner of the gun.”
Schroeder said in instances of gun thefts the department uses as number of tracking techniques.
“We keep an eye on buy/sell sites and enter the serial number in a national database that will flag the item stolen if law enforcement has contact with it,” he said.
Schroeder added guns are not often stolen, but are a lucrative mark for thieves.
“It is one of those items that can be traded for drugs or sold on underground markets, so it is a desirable item,” he said.
Schroeder advised gun owners to record serial numbers and keep firearms in safe places.
“It would also be a good idea to take a couple pictures of the gun and keep that in a safe place as well,” he added.
Schroeder said stolen firearms can pose a threat to communities.
“The potential for it falling into the hands of someone that makes a bad decision is high,” he said.
However, gun owners who are the victim of thefts are not legally liable for any crimes committed with their stolen weapons.
“There are no criminal issues, since they were a victim of a theft. In the litigious world we live in, there may be a somewhat low level of civil risk,” he said.