Thieves stealing guns while homeowners are away - FOX 35 News Orlando

Thieves stealing guns while homeowners are away

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DEBARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Thieves are breaking into Central Florida homes and leaving electronics and valuable jewelry behind, but they are stealing weapons.

DeBary resident Mitchell Butler said the crook stole his roommate's two guns on Friday afternoon while they were out of the house: an AK-47 machine gun and a Taurus .44 magnum.

"The only problem is a criminal could be out there and could be caught doing crimes with those," said Butler.

In three days, between last Friday and last Sunday, two homes and an unlocked car were broken into and five weapons were stolen.  Since the beginning of this month, seven other guns were stolen from homes throughout Volusia County.

Investigators don't believe the cases are related, but do add that there's a good chance each crook knew each victim.

Spencer Edward helps run the gun shop SWUB Tactical in DeBary.  He said guns are a big business right now, and owners need to take extra steps to keep their families and their guns safe.

"They've got gun locks so you can lock the physical guns up," said Edward.

Edward also said you shouldn't tell everyone about your gun collection.

"You don't want to make it well known, 'Hey, I've got this $10,000 collection,'" said Edward. "It makes you a target."

Edward added that gun safes are the biggest and best deterrent; however, Butler's roommate did have his gun locked away in a safe.

"I believe in the Second Amendment," said Butler. "A person should be able to own a gun. It was locked up. You couldn't do anything about it, and they broke the law."

No suspects have been named in any of the cases.

Edward also recommended hiding your guns throughout your home in various safes, and installing security cameras.

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