Gangs and Guns in Starkville

Authorities warn residents to watch out for gun thieves .

Posted: Tue May 22 17:54:32 PDT 2018
Updated: Tue May 22 17:54:32 PDT 2018

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investigators say that one of their biggest problems right now is small groups of juveniles breaking into cars and stealing firearms among other things. w--t-v-a's wayne hereford is following the story and joins us livein starkville . thank you. i spoke with lieutenant investigator brett watson of the oktibbeha county sheriff's department about the problem. he's warning residents to be careful especially about leaving firearms inside of their vehicles. in fact watson says a recent search warrant uncovered some 80 guns. take a look at some of the guns that were recovered in a recent search warrant by the oktibbeha county sheriff department. for investigators it's a problem that appears to be getting worse. "a lot of long guns some handguns. but we do know some of those guns were being brought in by young people 15 to 17 to 19 years old and soul to the individual that had them." standup. watson says it's likely that these guns or being brought to oktibbeha county to be shipped somewhere else." "i'm sure the guns were going to be shipped out to go somewhere else. the person could have been planning on keeping them i'm not sure what his intent is. but i do know that quite often the turning up in places like chicago and st. louis." watson says in order to slow the problem down he would encourage citizens to be diligent and removing high-dollar items from their cars. secondly he would say be diligent and locking your car no matter where you are when you get out of the car. also keep a record perhaps photographs serial numbers even a log of the firearms you own. reporting live from starkville wayne hereford wtva 9 news. a sinkholeshows up
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