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Firearms stolen in recent Mt. Healthy car and home break-ins

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Posted at 6:29 AM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 19:45:40-05

MOUNT HEALTHY, Ohio — Police in Mount Healthy are seeing a spike in firearms stolen from cars and homes.

Mount Healthy Police Chief Vince Demasi said his officers have responded to a string of recent break-ins of cars and houses where a firearm was stolen.

However, Demasi said it's hard to investigate these thefts since people often put their firearm in their glove box or under their seat, and the owner does not check on it for months at a time. By the time the owner realizes their firearm was stolen, they may not remember the make and model of the firearm, and the firearm may be far away at that point.

"The only resource we have is to go public," Demasi said. "Most of the time these firearms are going to be used on the street. A lot of gang members sell these things back and forth, and they are extremely expensive because they are so hard to come by."

Police said to always keep track of the serial number for each firearm you own, and if you want to get rid of a firearm, you can always turn it in to police at any time.