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Gun Reported Stolen in Dearborn Home Break-In

The following information was supplied by the Dearborn Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

A Dearborn resident reported a break-in to his home on Sunday, according to Dearborn police reports.

A resident of an apartment on the 5100 block of Oakman Boulevard told police that he left his home around 4:30 p.m. to go to the gas station and returned a half hour later to find his door ajar.

A check under his mattress revealed that $150 in cash, a diamond ring and a handgun were all missing.

The resident told police that he had left the door unlocked when he went out, but did not know who might have committed the robbery.

He could not locate the serial number for the gun, which he said he had purchased in Pennsylvania.

For questions on this crime report, email dearborn@patch.com.

Lee Jacobsen January 15, 2013 at 04:36 PM
This homeowner better watch out! In today's society of redistribution of wealth, education, no hurt feelings in sports, etc, that includes blame. The thief will no doubt use the handgun to commit a crime, at which point he may get disabled, or disable someone else, and , remembering that the door was unlocked, tempted him unfairly into stealing that gun and causing all his woes. He will sue the homeowner for carelessness and win. Darwin awards has plenty of examples. http://www.badchickens.com/darwinawards.html
laplateau January 30, 2013 at 06:58 PM
If this guy had registered the gun as required by law, the police would already have the serial number as part of that registration process. I wonder if they ticketed the guy for not having a registration.
Lee Jacobsen January 30, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Having the serial # does what? Make the criminal cower and turn the the handgun? Hardly. It does not take long to grind off a #. At best, when the gun is left at a crime, the police will know where it originated from. Those pesky criminals just don't follow the law! Doesn't matter, let's have more gun laws anyway. Here are some myths about guns.... http://people.duke.edu/~gnsmith/articles/myths.htm
laplateau January 30, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Lee…don’t get me wrong here. I am no gun control freak….just the opposite. The point to my comment was that the guy who had the gun stolen said he did not have the serial number, but if he had followed the law, the police would already be able to determine that. That in turn, that could have possibly allowed the police to connect the criminal with the crime if he were caught with it. You are right, it is very easy to file off the serial number, but if a criminal is caught with it, there are now two felonies he has committed…theft and no serial number on the gun. And, if someone buys the gun from the thief and he is caught with it with no serial number…bingo….two felonies again. I don’t support very many of the proposed gun laws, but there are some I do support...if they in some way might help prosecute and convict the criminals. After all, they are the ones giving gun owners, and guns in general, the bad press and bad reputations.
Neighborhood Watcher January 31, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Maybe you should be required to register your TV laplateau....That way when the police catch someone with it in the backseat of their car at 3:00am, they can arrest them for a felony of possessing your stolen TV! And maybe you should register your central air unit too! That way when someone steals it for the copper, the guy at the scrap yard can identify it as stolen connect him with the crime and call the police and arrest him for a felony! Maybe you should be required to register your lawnmower too....that way.......
laplateau January 31, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Neigh,,,what the heck are you trying to say here? Is it that you just don't agree with the present law requiring handguns to be registered? If so, just say so rather than blathering on idiotically proffering some sort feeble apple and oranges comparison that has nothing to do with reality? If you have nothing better to offer as a rebuttal or anything that might resemble a hint of rational thought, I suggest you find another pastime And gee, it is truly uncanny that you suggest I keep track of serial numbers. Actually I do and when, several years ago I caught a guy breaking into my car at 3:00 am. he already had several of my possessions in his truck. I forcefully detained him until the police arrived. I was able to identify my things by serial number right there with the police. Slam dunk----handcuffs and jail time. So please, offer at least a modicum of intelligence in your replies. Thanks in advance.
Lee Jacobsen January 31, 2013 at 04:34 AM
Using a low cost engraver ( $7.99) to mark the last 4 numbers of your driver's license # is very cheap proof to get any stolen items back. All the denials in the world can't win against such obvious proof. http://www.harborfreight.com/micro-engraver-98227.html
laplateau January 31, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Right again, Lee
Moe January 31, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Lap: For your information the local PD does not keep record of the serial no's of residents guns. Several years ago I had a few guns stolen in a break in, even though the guns were registered I had to provide the serial no's.
laplateau January 31, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Moe...whenever I have had purchased a new gun, I have to register it and supply the Dearborn Police Department with a form that gives all the information about the gun...certainly the serial number. The law says you have to do that. Did you ever go to the records department just down the hall from the front desk asking for that information? These are the people who would have that information. However, if you did not register it with the Dearborn Police Dept., but another, I can see why Dearborn would have no record. Perhaps you spoke with a rookie cop at the counter. That has happened to me many times, either when appearing in person about an issue, or over the phone. Even speaking to seasoned cops I am amazed that many officers don't have clue about procedures, and in many cases are very ignorant about the Dearborn Traffic Code. So, if ever you need information, don't stop with the first cop you speak with. Asking for the lieutenant on duty usually works for me.
Lee Jacobsen January 31, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Moe, The Dearborn police Dept keeps everything! I inquired about a form to purchase a firearm two years ago, (pre CPL) and they looked up my file and mentioned that I had last inquired in 1974! That is just a record of an inquiry. Imagine if it were a record of a firearm purchase. I am sure they would have it, but perhaps not. With a CPL (concealed pistol license) the need to get a form from the DPD each time you are thinking of purchasing a firearm is eliminated, as the govt has checked you out. A CPL is obtained by taking a one day class of training and firing 30 rounds, cost around $100, and $102 for a background check via the County Sherriff's dept. Figure 2-6 weeks depending on the county you are in.

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