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Posted on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 5:12 p.m.

4 guns reported stolen from trunk of vehicle in Pittsfield Township

By John Counts


Courtesy of the PTPD

Police are investigating the theft of four guns from the back of a vehicle in Pittsfield Township.

Officers were called to a residence in the 2800 block of Dayton Drive at 8:01 p.m. July 24 to investigate the report, Pittsfield Township police said in a release issued Monday.

A Glock 23, Colt M-4 rifle, Beretta Tomcat 32 and a Remington shotgun were all reported stolen from the trunk of the vehicle. No other items were stolen, police said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety at (734) 822-6049 or the tip line at (734) 822-4958.

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Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 12:29 p.m.

The guns stolen would be the stereotypical contents of a gun safe. Remington 870 is the most popular shotgun on the market. The Colt M4 is in the AR-15 category, the most popular rifle on the market. And Glock sells the most popular pistols (though a Glock 19 would have been more popular that the Glock 23). Sounds like someone moving their collection, rather then someone who routinely stores all this firepower in their trunk. That, or the contents of the trunk are also what many police officers now carry in their patrol car.


Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 11:19 a.m.

That combination of weapons sounds suspiciously like someone involved in law enforcement. Perhaps only at the rent-a-cop level, but hey... a hip side Glock, an ankle holster Tomcat 32, a Rem shotgun, backed up with a carbine? Not a standard set of "goin' huntin' with the boys" armament.


Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 12:23 p.m.

Wonder if those calling for the prosecution of the victim would be less vehement if this is in fact a LEO?


Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 11:55 a.m.

Go very well could be but it very well could not be.There are more of those guns in the hands of non law enforcement than there are in the hands of law enforcement


Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 11:49 a.m.

@tdw- Let's call a spade a spade, instead of beating around the bush here. The kit does in fact sound suspiciously like the sort a LEO would carry.


Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 11:40 a.m.

NSider....I know plenty of people who are not involved in law enforcement who have similar guns.People like to target shoot and whats called " plinking ".It has nothing to do with "goin'huntin'with the boys"


Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 10:14 a.m.

Two words: Inside job. As in, it's obvious the thief knew what to look for and where. For all the pooh-poohers and naysayers, locking a firearm in the trunk of one's car is a legally acceptable way of transporting firearms in the State of Michigan.


Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 7:33 p.m.

"locking a firearm in the trunk of one's car is a legally acceptable way of transporting firearms in the State of Michigan." Legal? Ok. Smart? Doubtful. Storing 4 guns in your trunk long-term (i.e. longer than the time it takes you to transport them to/from home) seems like a bad idea.


Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 4:26 a.m.

Sounds like maybe a cop car?


Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 11:21 a.m.

It does indeed sound like a cop car, but the "victims" personal car I would hope.


Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 10:57 p.m.

This is where the whole gunrights thing gets a bit awkward.


Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 7:39 p.m.

"Those are not cheap guns one ( not gonna say which one ) of them would set you back about $1500" There is no way I would ever leave any single item worth $1500 in the trunk of my car for too long if I could help it in any way. That alone is enough to shake one's head at.


Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 3:36 a.m.

Oh yeah it's too bad they can't arrest the crime VICTIM for having been victimized. The shame

Jaime Magiera

Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 3:16 a.m.

That's too bad. The law should make it so that they have to be locked in a cabinet in the trunk.


Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 12:26 a.m.

Ricebrnr, nice to see you on the gun articles again :) I think I used to post as Malorie or Malice. I can't wait to hear what gun rights has to do with this story at all.


Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 12:07 a.m.



Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 12:06 a.m.

Incorrect, sigh a little knowledge sure is a dangerous thing. Condolences to the VICTIM

Jaime Magiera

Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 11:51 p.m.

I believe the law is that the guns have to be in a locked case in the trunk (Sec. 231a). Doesn't sound like the handguns were in a locked case.


Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 11:46 p.m.

So? what does that have to do with anything? I didn't give any of the thumbs down BTW


Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 11:09 p.m.

Of course he has many more at home...


Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 11:04 p.m.

Well, he was not breaking the law by having them in there and as my post above states I'll be dollars to doughnuts the thief knew they were there.I think there may be more than meets the eye.Those are not cheap guns one ( not gonna say which one ) of them would set you back about $1500


Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 10:51 p.m.

The thief must have known they were in there.That's a nice area and not many random trunk break ins


Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 12:22 a.m.

Good point.

John Counts

Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 10:23 p.m.

The headline should have read "trunk of vehicle." It's since been changed. Thanks.


Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 9:57 p.m.

Lack of good judgment, can be a real problem for the whole community.


Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 12:28 a.m.

Theives don't use good judgment thats why they're theives, oh wait you're talking about the victim.


Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 9:45 p.m.

Maybe it's "trunk" of vehicle? Or "stolen from truck?"


Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 10:07 p.m.

I had to go back and read the headline at first glance my brain read from " trunk " but that is a good question that should clarify ( makes a word of difference )