LOCKPORT, N.Y. (TheBlaze/AP) — Authorities say guns and ammunition worth several thousand dollars have been stolen from a western New York Boy Scout organization’s storage building.
Leaders of the Iroquois Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America tell local media outlets that guns and ammo valued at about $4,000 were stolen from the group’s storage facility in Lockport in Niagara County.
The building was apparently broken into earlier this month, although it is unclear exactly when the crime unfolded. In addition to hundreds of dollars in ammunition, the Niagara Gazette reports that four shotguns, four rifles and a compound bow were taken.
“It’s distressing to us of course that items of this nature would be out on the street,” Jim McMullen, Scout executive for the Iroquois Trail Council, told WIVB-TV. “These items were stored in a locked cabinet inside the office. So that door was kicked in, in order to gain entry.”
The suspect also forced his or her way into several offices leased to another company. Deputies were contacting representatives of that company to determine if anything was taken from the offices.
It wasn’t clear initially how the suspect got into the building in the first place. Members of the sheriff’s ID unit were called in to process the scene.
Officials say the local Boy Scouts use the weapons to learn firearms safety and marksmanship at their summer camp.
The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft.