ELYRIA — A Sheffield police officer's backup gun was stolen from his Elyria home while he was working overnight yesterday, according to a police report.
Patrolman Keith Pool called police about 9:30 Wednesday morning when he returned home, observed a rear door open and noticed a window of his home had been broken out.
Sheffield Police Chief Larry Bliss said the gun is a "backup, off-duty weapon" issued to Pool. According to Bliss, each officer is issued a duty weapon and a backup.
"Some of them carry it, some of them don't," Bliss said.
According to the police report, Pool went to a spare bedroom, where he kept his gun in a cabinet, and he found the cabinet doors open and gun missing.
The gun is a Glock 27 .30-caliber pistol, the report said. A 52-inch Vizio television and a case of poker chips were also taken.
Bliss said he believed the weapon had ammunition with it when it was taken.
According to the report, police were not able to obtain any evidence from the home, but noted the person had to have been small to enter the home because the window entered was near Pool's headboard of his bed and did not allow much space.
According to Bliss, Pool is not facing any discipline for the gun being taken.
"It was in his house, which was locked and was forcefully entered," Bliss said.
At least four guns have been taken in recent Elyria home break-ins, according to police reports issued yesterday and today, but Elyria police Lt. Andy Eichenlaub said he has no indication the thefts are related or are part of a larger trend.
"Weapons are the item of choice in burglaries," he said. "Any time guns are on the street that are not carried legally it's a concern."
A Marseilles Avenue man reported to police yesterday that his .44-caliber Ruger Super Black Hawk with scope taken from a bedroom closet within the past two weeks. He said he did not believe his home had been broken into and thought a friend of his son's might have taken the gun.
Two handguns, a 9 mm Sky Sub and .38-caliber Charter Arms, were stolen from a Bell Avenue woman's residence along with dozens of other jewelry and electronics items over the weekend, she reported to police Tuesday. Also taken in that break-in were a gun holster and 109 rounds of ammunition, according to a police report.