ROCHESTER — Following a rash of thefts, city police are reminding residents to not leave firearms in their vehicles.
Capt. Todd Pinkham says the firearms are ending up in the wrong hands.
“These guns can wind up anywhere,” Pinkham said Tuesday morning.
Last year, a stolen gun was recovered in Boston. Another gun was recovered out of state last month and the case is under investigation.
On Aug. 23, Rochester police arrested convicted felon Remy Lopez, 34, who was in possession of a firearm that was reported stolen to police on Aug. 18.
Pinkham said that since the beginning of this year, police have received 185 reports of thefts from motor vehicles. Close to a dozen involved the theft of an unsecured firearm in an unlocked motor vehicle.
Five guns have been stolen from vehicles in Rochester since Aug. 1, according to police records.
“Police are asking residents to be more careful with their firearms and to never leave them unsecured/unattended in areas where they can easily be stolen in an effort to keep them from getting in the wrong hands,” Pinkham wrote in a press release on Monday.