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Guns stolen from firefighters’ vehicles at 3 west Forsyth stations

Two stations in Alpharetta also hit in apparent break-in spree

POSTED: March 16, 2017 10:35 a.m.

Station 3, which is located on Wallace Tatum Road, Station 4, which is on Evens Road at Canton Highway (Hwy. 20), and Station 7, which is on Highway 9, were targeted.

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WEST FORSYTH – Firefighters at three Forsyth County fire stations had their car windows smashed and personal firearms taken in an apparent string of burglaries Wednesday night.

Around 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office began receiving calls about the stolen items, according to Cpl. Pete Sabella, a spokesman for the agency.

“So far, a total of six firearms were taken,” Sabella said. “Three separate fire stations were the victims of entering autos and a couple of vehicles were entered at each.”

Station 3, which is located on Wallace Tatum Road, Station 4, which is on Evens Road at Canton Highway (Hwy. 20), and Station 7, which is on Highway 9, were targeted.

Two stations in Alpharetta were also hit, though it was not immediately clear what was taken from those.

This is not the first car break-in spree that has occurred at fire stations in Forsyth.

In early January, five vehicles were broken into and three guns were stolen at Forsyth County Fire Station 10, which is located at 3860 Old Atlanta Road, near Lambert High School.

The vehicles were entered sometime between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m., Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers said at the time.

While deputies did not initially think the station was specifically targeted, less than a week later, firefighters in Gwinnett reported items stolen from their vehicles at several stations.

It has not yet been determined whether there was any connection between the break-ins, and Sabella said it was not immediately known whether the sheriff’s office had arrested anyone in connection with the Station 10 break-in.



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MarkBowers: March 16, 2017 11:02 a.m.

One would think, at some point, that Forsyth County firefighters would either leave their guns at home or figure out a way to secure them. Locking a gun up behind a piece of glass is not the same as securing it. Not only that, but what good does a gun do you in your car? What is the purpose of bringing a gun to work if it is going to remain in your vehicle? This is irresponsible fellas. This is where gun crime starts. Get smart would ya?

phschneider: March 16, 2017 11:16 a.m.

Shame on those burglars.
Jill Schneider

AHotel: March 16, 2017 5:34 p.m.

Unbelievable. People who sacrifice their lives, risk their lives and dedicate their lives to helping and saving others are being scolded for having their personal vehicles broken into? So when a bank gets robbed, is it their fault for not having a better vault?
Your comments are misguided, tainting and unappreciative of what first responders provide to our community. They would love to bring their personal, legally owned firearms into the firehouse "to be secured", however department policy prohibits that. So according to you they should leave them at home when they travel to and from protecting our community, so when the theif smashes their windows out they will be left empty handed. Ridiculous

buddyp: March 17, 2017 7:23 p.m.

To answer the comment about What good does a gun do in your car? It give the responsible owner a right to protect his/her life, liberty, and pursuit of Happiness while they are in their vehicle. My S&W 357 will deter any car-jacker, street thug, citizen of SW or SE Atlanta area, and all included knuckleheads that stupid can't fix.

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