Rash of gun thefts from unlocked cars in Lower Swatara

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Lower Swatara Township Police report that five guns were stolen from four different cars in the same neighborhood the past two days. The first reported theft occurred on the 2000 block of Market Street extended. A 9mm handgun was stolen from a vehicle on Wednesday. Yesterday, three more thefts were reported. On the 1800 block of Market Street a laptop computer and a .380 handgun were stolen from a car. Then, in the first block of Hanover Street, two guns were stolen from a vehicle, a .45 caliber handgun and a 9mm handgun. The final theft was from a car parked in the 1800 block of Lakeside Drive. A 9mm handgun was stolen.

All the thefts appear to have happened when it was dark outside and the guns were taken from unlocked vehicles. Police say they have recovered one of the stolen guns. They urge residents to lock their car doors.

Anyone with information of these thefts is urged to call 717-939-0463.


  • Rose Michels

    Let me see … you buy a gun then keep it in your car UNLOCKED???? Can't imagine the owners were much smarter than the thief(s).

  • MyTakeOnIt

    It's examples like this that fuel the need for laws that outlaw bad ownership behavior.

    I hope there is some sort of law (now) that charges the owners with something related to not securing their weapons. If there isn't, I would support some sort of law that moves in that direction.

    Now we wait for whatever crimes are committed with the weapons in the future.

      • MyTakeOnIt

        My recommendation is that it be a crime (a fine) to leave your weapon unsecured/unattended. Obviously, there are so many more considerations to evaluate such a simple recommendation. If you are licensed to carry a registered weapon, you should carry it, not leave it for thieves and children to find. The point of having it is for protection, right? With rights come responsibility.

        The crime of theft is unrelated (except for this particular story).

    • MyTakeOnIt

      Not only clueless. They are scared. Scared of being a victim. These are the dangerous well-intentioned people who may hurt an innocent person or who are inexperienced users or worse (beyond the scope of a comment section on a website).

      i.e.) There is a reason that ONLY Air Marshals may carry on an airplane. (Maybe pilots, too. I dunno) They have the training on how to identify a threat and use the weapon to secure the threat. **Before someone suggests that I am suggesting that ONLY police carry. NO, I am not.**

  • No fool

    Rush to judgement…. is it possible these "thefts" were perpetrated to cover gun transfers. Or insurance scams.

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