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Police: Four unlocked vehicles, four handguns stolen in St. Petersburg

Published Sep. 7, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG — Four unlocked cars resulted in four stolen handguns in the past week, according to St. Petersburg police.

The burglaries were unrelated, but police stressed the importance of securing firearms.

"Either take them inside a home and lock them up at night, or lock vehicle doors to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands and being used in future crimes," police said in a news release Tuesday.

The reported thefts were:

• Thursday at 7:30 a.m., a gun owner found that his Ford F-150 had been burglarized overnight along the 5000 block of 18th Street N. A handgun was gone.

• On Friday, the owner discovered that someone had gotten into his vehicle in the 2700 block of 28th Avenue N. The driver door had been left ajar, and a handgun in the center console was missing.

• Monday at 6:45 a.m., at the 4200 block of Indianapolis Street NE, the owner found that his Hummer had been burglarized overnight. Cash from the center console was missing. So were keys to another vehicle and a handgun.

• Then at 8 a.m. Monday, the owner of a Mini Cooper in the 2100 block of 2157 Bayou Grande Boulevard NE discovered a handgun was stolen from the vehicle.