SANATOGA PA – The theft of a handgun from a vehicle parked overnight Thursday (Dec. 19, 2013) in the 200 block of Hause Avenue is being investigated by the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department, it reported Saturday night (Dec. 21).
A Makarov .380 caliber handgun similar to one reported stolen Thursday
Ofc. Robert Diesinger and Det. Dan Kienle said the gun, described as a black Makarov .380 caliber with an 8-round magazine, was determined to be missing when the owner later entered the vehicle, although it showed no signs of forced entry. The owner was not identified in the report. Police also did not indicate if the gun was licensed, if there were bullets in the magazine, or why it was being kept in the vehicle.
It also did not state whether the vehicle was unlocked at the time, although the report reminded township residents their vehicles “should be locked at all times while parked at home.”
The Makarov – pronounced “Mah CAR ahv” – is a semi-automatic (self-loading) pistol, designed in the 1950s for use as a sidearm of Soviet military forces, according to the gun information website called “Makarov Basics.” It claimed a Makarov’s “overall simplicity … is part of the genius of the design and allows the gun to be disassembled with very few tools.”
Diesinger and Kienle said the gun was valued at $150. It has been entered as stolen in the stolen property database of the National Crime Information Center.
Lower Pottsgrove detectives are conducting a follow-up investigation of the theft on evdence found at the scene, they added. Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call Kienle at 610-326-1508.
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