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Police: Gun thefts of extra concern

10:42 PM, Mar. 2, 2013
A gun safe in Wisconsin Rapids on Feb. 11.
A gun safe in Wisconsin Rapids on Feb. 11.
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While much of the country focuses on whether to enact stricter gun laws, authorities say a different gun-related issue plagues central Wisconsin: weapon thefts.

Recently, the Portage County Sheriff's Department asked the public for help in solving a string of burglaries during which eight weapons, including a Glock handgun and two Ruger 10/22 rifles, were stolen.

"We're concerned with all thefts, but with gun thefts, there's that extra danger involved," Portage County Sheriff John Charewicz said. ...

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