By Bill Kirk
---- — GROVELAND — Police are searching for five guns — three with “significant firepower” — as well as 400 rounds of ammunition that were stolen from a Groveland home during a daytime burglary Wednesday.
Police Chief Robert Kirmelewicz said the pistols stolen from the home at 3 School St. included a Smith & Wesson .45-caliber semi-automatic, a Colt .357 Magnum revolver, a Beretta 9 mm semi-automatic and two Luger .22-caliber semi-automatics.
In addition, he said as many as 400 rounds of ammunition were stolen. They were all legally owned, he said.
Kirmelewicz said a call came in Wednesday around 6:30 p.m. of a past breaking and entering. Police investigating the incident were told by the homeowners that while they were at work, someone entered their house and stole guns and jewelry.
The chief said there was no forced entry at the property, but that “the homeowner left the doors unlocked.”
Kirmelewicz said while the .22-caliber pistols are probably used for target shooting, the other three guns are “serious firearms. That’s some firepower.”
He said the goal at this point was to recover the guns. Groveland police detective Jim Morton is “following up on leads.”
Kirmelewicz said a nationwide BOLO, or “Be On the Lookout,” was issued yesterday in case other law enforcement agencies come across the guns.
“We are actively working the case,” he said. “We want to get these firearms back as soon as possible. It’s not good that those are out on the street.”
He said he could not comment on whether the guns were stolen by someone familiar with the property. He also said he could not reveal the name of the homeowner, citing state privacy laws on gun ownership.
In the meantime, the chief advised people to lock their doors.
“People need to realize, they think because they live in Groveland that their hosues are safe,” he said. “They need to lock their doors. The perps walked right into the house.
“You can’t be complacent these days. Not only would I have my doors locked, I’d have dead bolts as well and an alarm system.”