Handguns stolen from unlocked vehicles in Janesville, police say

JANESVILLE, Wis. - Two handguns were stolen from unlocked vehicles in Janesville this weekend, police said. 

The Janesville Police Department said a Taurus 9mm handgun was stolen on Saturday in the 1900 block of Linden Avenue, and a loaded Glock Model 21 .45-caliber handgun was stolen on Sunday in the 1200 block of Church Street.

In a news release Wednesday, police asked citizens not to store guns and other valuables in their vehicles when parking overnight.

"Owning a firearm is a serious responsibility and it is every gun owner's responsibility to help keep our city safe from gun crime," the news release said. "Leaving loaded guns in unlocked vehicles endangers the residents of our city."

Police said thefts from vehicles are preventable, and motorists are asked to lock their vehicles.

Anyone with information about the stolen guns is asked to contact police at 608-757-2244. To report suspicious activity anonymously, citizens can use the P3 tips app, which is available to download for free in the Apple or Google Play stores.

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