St Elizabeth police probing cases of stolen licensed firearms
The St Elizabeth Police are urging licensed firearm holders to exercise greater care in protecting their weapons from the hands of criminal
The call came against the background of the theft of two firearms which were left in motor vehicles by their owners.
According to Crime Chief for the Police Area 3, which comprises St Elizabeth, Manchester and Clarendon, Superintendent Barrington Daley, one of the weapons was stolen in Santa Cruz and the other in Junction.
Regarding the Santa Cruz incident, Daley told The Gleaner that last week a female licensed firearm holder went to conduct business and returned to find her car broken into and the weapon stolen.
"It was reported to the Santa Cruz Police that the female securely locked the firearm in her car and went into a building to transact business, however on her return the car was broken into and the firearm missing," Daley said.
"The second firearm was reportedly stolen in Junction on Sunday night after the owner locked his firearm in his car to attend an entertainment event in the area. On his return, he discovered that his car was broken into and his firearm missing," he continued
The Area 3 crime chief said that licensed firearm holders need to be more careful when travelling with their firearms in public.
Daley also warned gun owners that they can be prosecuted if their firearm is stolen or lost due to negligence.