Police encourage public to lock up guns after 20 firearms stolen from area home

20 guns stolen from home on Rosalie Ln in Green Bay. June 13th, 2018. (WLUK/Amber Luckett)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) --The Green Bay Police Department is encouraging gun owners to keep records of the serial numbers and lock firearms up safely, after 20 guns were stolen from a home between June 7 and 10.

The owner of the still missing firearms, which include handguns, shotguns and rifles, says they were hidden in the basement but were not locked up properly.

Since they were taken, Captain Kevin Warych with the Green Bay Police Department says they've been interviewing possible suspects and following up on leads.

"We are just trying to put together a timeline to determine who was in that house when the home owner was out of town," said Warych.

Warych also says the department is using this incident to remind people of the importance of locking up their firearms.

"The next most important thing is to record their serial number. If you don't have the serial number to your gun or rifle it is very difficult for us to return it if we locate it on another crime," said Warych.

Kyle Engles, the manager at Gus's Guns, says it's common for people to sell stolen firearms to local gun shops. He encourages his customers to buy safes to avoid being in that situation.

"Usually they have a record of a serial number and it goes into the Brown County Registry System and everything we buy we put in that system. If it's stolen it will pop up and the police will come by and collect it," said Engles. "We actually had 15 guns stolen from us last year here, they broke in. So if a criminal really wants something there is no way to stop them," he said.

The police department is also working to notify other departments around the state just in case they end up in other locations. The owner of the gun says he is considering a reward for anyone with information about his firearms.

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