By Kevin Deutsch
Guns stolen from unlocked vehicles in Coral Springs are winding up on the streets of South Florida, where they are potentially being used to commit crimes, authorities said Friday.
Since 2020, 40 firearms have been reported stolen from unlocked vehicles in Coral Springs, according to police. The actual number of guns stolen from cars, trucks, and SUVs parked in the city is thought to be higher since some firearm thefts are not reported.
The number also does not include firearms stolen from residences in Coral Springs or seized during traffic stops and arrests.
“These are 40 firearms that are now on the street possibly being used to commit a crime, which endangers all of our citizens,” Coral Springs Police said in an Instagram post. “Please be a responsible gun owner and secure your firearms properly. An unlocked vehicle is not a secure location.”
“Lock your car, remove your firearms and take your valuables when you leave your vehicle.”
Recent police reports show the frequency with which guns are stolen in the city.
On Aug. 11, A 23-year-old woman was the victim of Grand Theft Of Firearm on Northwest 82nd Terrace. A thief took her gun worth $9,699, records show.
On Aug. 20, a 24-year-old man was the victim of the same crime in the 11000 block of Northwest 4th Manor, records show. His stolen gun was worth about $830, according to a police report.
Anyone with information about a stolen gun’s whereabouts is asked to call Coral Springs Police at 954-344-1800.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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