Thieves pillage service company

Friday, March 18, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 5:58 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Four handguns and four vehicles were among the property reported stolen in a burglary Monday night at the American Lenders Service Company.

The guns were not locked in a weapons safe, said Detective Sgt. Mike Stubbs of the Boone County Sheriff’s Depart-ment. All were registered with the National Crime Information Center. The registration numbers are helpful in the recovery of stolen guns if they are recovered in another crime or sold to a licensed dealer, Stubbs said.

“Stolen weapons are usually resold on the street,” Stubbs said. “They go through a number of hands.”

The list of stolen guns includes a .357-caliber handgun stamped with the insignia of the Columbia Police Department.

“Some years ago when the police department used those weapons, that symbol was stamped on them,” Stubbs said.

Other stolen items were a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer, a Yamaha motorcycle, a four-wheel all terrain vehicle, a dirt bike, a 6-foot by 8-foot trailer and numerous mechanic tools.

“We feel like the tire tracks indicate that the Blazer was driven away, and we believe they used the trailer to hold the motorcycles and the ATV,” Stubbs said.

The burglars apparently used a pry tool to open the door of the locked business.

Stubbs said he didn’t know whether the burglary was related to a string of county burglaries in January that were all linked by stolen firearms.

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