They say the homeowner did everything right by keeping his guns inside a safe, but these thieves were smart.
Instead of wasting time trying to pick the safe, they simply picked it up and carried it out of the house. But, this was no easy lift.
“The safe probably weighed about 500 pounds, fully loaded with the weapons he had in there,” says Sgt. John Delaney of the Springfield Police Dept. “But it’s unfortunate that those weapons are now on the street, in the black market and getting into the hands of the wrong people.”
Delaney adds, “People always wonder where all these people get their hand guns — this is exactly where they get them from, in house breaks.”
It was no small feat for the theives who broke into a home on Marmon Street in the Sixteen Acres section of Springfield early Thanksgiving morning. Police believe — based on the weight of the safe — that several people were involved in the heist.
They took the 15 guns, which were in the safe, along with jewelry and other items from the home.
“We recovered the safe, detectives are working on it, but the thing that’s on our radar is that there’s 15 more guns on the street,” says Delaney.
Police say the homeowner did the right thing by keeping his guns in the safe, but because it wasn’t secured to the floor the crooks were able to make it out of the house with thousands of dollars worth of weapons — weapons which could easily appear on the streets of Springfield.
“There are serial numbers, every gun has to have — by law — a serial number on it,” says Delaney, “A lot of times they’ll get filed down, completely obliterated, so we can’t read the serial number and trace it.”
It may sound suspicious that the thieves targeted a home with 15 guns inside; however, police believe this was random. In this case, the thieves just got incredibly lucky.
If you have any information about the break-in, you’re urged to call Springfield Police at 413-787-6325.