Brown Co. Sheriff asks for help finding stolen guns

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HIAWATHA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Brown Co. Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help tracking down whoever is behind a pair of burglaries in which multiple guns were stolen.

Sheriff John Merchant says the thefts happened on different dates and at two separate locations. While he did not give any details about the incidents, Merchant did note rural law enforcement has noticed an uptick in gun thefts when people go to work or are otherwise not on the property.

Investigators believe whoever is behind the crimes has local ties and some of the weapons have been sold to other residents. In light of that, the Sheriff’s Office wants anyone who bought a gun off an individual – or has been asked to ‘hang on’ to one – to bring it to them so deputies can determine if it had been stolen. Merchant added that it is a felony for a person to possess a firearm they know is stolen.

He also provided this partial list of stolen guns, in hopes someone will have information on them:

  • Winchester Model 42 .410 Pump;
  • Winchester Model 190;
  • Browning Sweet 16 Vent Rib Shotgun;
  • Ruger M77 25-06;
  • Henry Lever Action .17 Caliber;
  • Ruger .223 Walnut Stock w/ Scope;
  • Winchester 30-06 Featherweight;
  • Winchester 12 Gauge Automatic;
  • LC Smith 12 Gauge Double Barrel;
  • Ruger Single Six .22 Mag Pistol;
  • Weatherby .20 Gauge Over and Under;
  • Remington 700 SPS .308;
  • Remington 1100 .20 Gauge.

Merchant went on to say that there has been an increase in burglaries and thefts reported between law enforcement agencies and asks anyone has bought items like tools, chain saws, reloading equipment, etc. to let them know, in case those items may be stolen.

“Trusted neighbors, family or friends are very valuable as they can keep watch on each other’s property and notify if suspicious activity is noted,” he said.

Mercant also recommend residents to be extra cautious to protect themselves against thieves, including using game cameras or RING-type doorbell devices to monitor the home and reporting suspicious activity no matter what time of day it is.