Jefferson County law enforcement warns gun owners after theft

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BARNHART, MO (KTVI) - A thief stole seven guns from a tool box in Barnhart earlier this month, prompting the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department to remind residents about the importance of locking up your firearms.

According to Detective Sgt. James Kausler of the sheriff’s department, most of the criminals committing gun crimes in our region are using stolen guns.

Authorities advise gun owners to keep all guns in a safe. They also said gun owners should keep detailed information and pictures of the weapons.

“If the guns are stolen, we can use that information to help find them,” Det. Sgt. Kausler said. “We can take that information and enter it into a database that goes throughout the United States.”