Gun thefts reported in St. Louis up compared to last year

2 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Friday, May 29 2015 May 29, 2015 Friday, May 29, 2015 1:04:07 PM CDT May 29, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police said gun thefts are up significantly this year, many of them stolen from cars.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 183 guns were reported stolen in the first four months of 2015. It's a 65 percent increase from the same period last year.

In May, an additional 29 had been reported stolen as of Monday, putting it on pace with May 2014.

Chief Sam Dotson suspected more people are leaving guns in their cars when they go to venues that prohibit firearms. He added that in many of the break-ins, the firearm was the only item missing from the car.

A Duke University professor said most people who steal guns are likely more interested in selling them than using them to commit crimes.

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