Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Fake drugs, disabled guns stolen from cop trailer

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Hey, it's a crime-prevention trailer, not a crime-proof trailer. Someone cut the lock off the Butler County Sheriff's Crime Prevention Unit and stole a display board of fake drugs plus five disabled fire arms, a police report says.

        “It's not a great sight to have your crime prevention trailer become a victim of crime. I guess it shows that crime extends to all,” said sheriff's Maj. Anthony Dwyer.

        The crime occurred late Sunday or early Monday while the trailer was parked in the 1600 block of Neilan Boulevard. It had been set up along the Great Miami River for visitors to the annual DamFest celebration.

        “It was left there longer than we would have liked to have left it there,” Maj. Dwyer said.

        While the guns can't be used to shoot anyone, they could still be used to scare somebody, Maj. Dwyer noted.

        The guns are described as a .45-caliber Thompson semiautomatic carbine; an H&R sawed-off shotgun; a .44-caliber Smith & Wesson Co. stainless-steel handgun; and two .32-caliber handguns, one of them a derringer.

        Value of the missing items was undetermined.

        As of Monday afternoon, none of the items had been found and no suspect had been identified, said Officer Dave Crawford, Hamilton police spokesman.

        Maj. Dwyer said his department will be working with Hamilton to solve the crime.

        Anyone with information may call Hamilton Police Lt. Steve Isgro, 868-5811, Ext. 1407.


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