Washington police are investigating a theft from a truck where two handguns were stolen.
Police said a woman reported two guns and other items were taken from her truck in the 700 block of West Eighth Street. The theft occurred between Thursday, Oct. 5, at 11 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 6, at 10:30 a.m.
The woman said she came out to her truck Friday morning and noticed the center console was open. She also noticed items inside the console and the rest of the truck were missing.
The police report stated a Smith and Wesson .38 Special revolver, a Ruger 9mm handgun, ammunition, earplugs, a range finder, binoculars and a cordless drill all were missing from the truck. The estimated total value of the missing items is more than $1,500.
Police said the truck was unlocked.
Washington police said there was another theft in the area at around the same time. Officers are trying to determine if the two are connected.
Anyone with any information should call police at 636-390-1050.
This year has seen an increase in car break-ins. Police said this summer that in several of those break-ins, thieves were able to steal handguns left inside.
“We strongly encourage people to secure their guns,” Washington Detective Sgt. Steve Sitzes said in July. “When they go in for the evening, they need to bring in the guns and they need to not leave the guns in vehicles that are unlocked.”
Sitzes said a lot of the stolen guns end up in St. Louis. Stolen guns are a valuable item to trade for drugs, he said.
“People trade the guns for heroin,” he said. “There’s a good quantity of heroin coming (to Franklin County) from that stuff, so people need to take a little more caution with the guns and firearms and lock them in the house at night.”