EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 22, 2013

Guns, ammo stolen from Groveland house

By Bill Kirk

---- — GROVELAND — Police are searching for five guns, including three with “significant firepower,” as well as 400 rounds of ammunition, that were stolen from a School Street home during a burglary during the day Wednesday.

Police Chief Robert Kirmelewicz said a call came in Wednesday evening around 6:30 p.m. of a past breaking and entering. Police investigating the incident were told by the homeowners that while they were at work, someone entered their house and stole guns and jewelry. The property is located at 3 School St., according to the Groveland police log.

Kirmelewicz said the pistols stolen included a Smith and Wesson 45-caliber semiautomatic, a Colt .357-caliber revolver, a Berretta 9-mm semiautomatic and two Luger 22-caliber semi-automatics. In addition, he said, as many as 400 rounds of ammunition were stolen. They were all legally owned, he said.

Kirmelewicz said there was no forced entry at the property, but that “the homeowner left the doors unlocked.”

Groveland police Det. Jim Morton is “following up on leads.”

He said a nationwide BOLO, or “Be On the Lookout,” was issued yesterday in case other law enforcement agencies come across the guns.

“We are actively working the case,” he said. “We want to get these firearms back as soon as possible. It’s not good that those are out on the street.”

He said while the 22-caliber pistols are probably used for target shooting, the other three guns are “serious firearms. That’s some firepower.”

He said the goal at this point was to recover the guns.

He said he could not comment on whether the guns were stolen by someone familiar with the property. He also said he could not reveal the name of the homeowner, citing state privacy laws on gun ownership.

He advised people to lock their doors.

“People need to realize, they think because they live in Groveland that their houses are safe,” he said. “They need to lock their doors. The perps walked right into the house. You can’t be complacent these days. Not only would I have my doors locked, I’d have deadbolts as well, and an alarm system.”