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Police: Thieves targeted gun owners’ homes to steal weapons

By Steve Kiggins

Q13 FOX News reporter

BREMERTON, Wash. — A “large scale” criminal organization targeting gun owners’ homes for robberies and then reselling the guns to methamphetamine dealers was recently uncovered in Kitsap County, Bremerton police reported Monday.

According to Bremerton police, five suspects were arrested after a single residential burglary uncovered a complex crime ring where the suspects used “inside” information to target gun-owning victims.

Joseph Peck, 29, of Bremerton, is being charged in federal court, and four other West Sound men being held in state custody have not been officially charged. Three additional arrests from unrelated crimes were made during the investigation that started in October 2012 when police became aware of the criminal organization.

gunsIn October, three of the suspects allegedly burglarized a downtown Bremerton residence belonging to Navy personnel. The suspects allegedly took a pistol, assault rifle and a large amount of personal information. The suspects then reportedly used financial documents and credit cards to pilfer money from the victims, who were on deployment.

The suspects then allegedly used inside information to steal weapons from other houses across Kitsap County. A number of guns were recovered in a drug bust in King County, police said, and several stolen rifles, shotguns and pistols were found at the home.

Bremerton police, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Shelton police and federal agencies worked together during the investigation, Bremerton police said.

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7 Comments to “Police: Thieves targeted gun owners’ homes to steal weapons”

    stop mass shootings said:
    April 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Someone better get the thieves names so they can be screened.

    OlderGuy said:
    April 1, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Now I'm wondering what kind of inside information they were able to obtain to tell them where to find gun owners?

    Mr Holmes said:
    April 1, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Only criminals want to take guns from Citizens. Watch this for the best 2min and 36sec video in guns! http://youtu.be/0NJrvFslWaInly

    Mr. Fubo said:
    April 1, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    "The suspects allegedly took a pistol, assault rifle and a large amount of personal information. "

    Really, they took a select fire weapon capable of full-auto?

    Either the cop who gave the report and/or the "journalist" are likely morons.

    Xuven said:
    August 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Stealing weapons should be treated as an act of terrorism and after convicted the crook should loose 100% of their constitutional rights and be put in a hard labor facility where they can work at hard labor 12+ hours per day 365 day per year…. And the groups that publish the address of homes with guns… The directors should be charged as accessory and after conviction can share a cell with thief.

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