A 48-year-old man told Port St. Lucie police Tuesday he discovered his throwing knife, sheath, .40 caliber pistol and magazines missing from his 2003 Toyota Corolla, according to a police report released Wednesday.
He said he left his vehicle Monday in the driveway of his home in the 2700 block of Southwest District Avenue. The vehicle, he told police, was not locked.
As he walked up to his house after noticing the items missing, he saw a plastic bag with writing. The writing stated, “LOADED GUN Unlocked Car = STUPID!!” The bag’s other side read, “LOTS OF Children in area.”
The man saw his handgun and knife were inside, though 30 cartridges were missing.
Master Sgt. Frank Sabol, police spokesman, said Wednesday the person responsible could face charges including armed burglary and theft.
Sabol recommended firearms owners secure their weapons inside their homes in a safe.
“Leaving your car door unlocked with a loaded weapon in there and a knife, it’s just a recipe for disaster,” Sabol said.
No one answered the door Wednesday afternoon at the man’s home, which is in the area of Southwest Dalton Circle and Southwest Port St. Lucie Boulevard.
Sitting on a chair in his driveway, neighbor Melvin George, 76, said there are children in the area.
“I have my grandkids come by,” George said. “Having a loaded gun is no good, no good. That guy should be spoken to.”
For years, police have warned residents to lock their vehicles and remove valuables.
“If you take away the opportunity and if you take away the items, then you pretty much eliminate the crime,” Sabol said. “If the gun wasn’t in the car, if the car was locked, then this crime wouldn’t have occurred.”