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CAUGHT IN THE ACT: Gun stolen from truck in West Mobile neighborhood

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FOX10 News is committed to putting the spotlight on people "Caught in the Act". Each week, we work with local law enforcement to show surveillance video in the hope you can help crack the case.

It's a problem we've been talking about for months - thieves breaking into cars to steal guns. One man in West Mobile says that's exactly what happened to him last week.

Around 2 a.m. inside the Stonehedge neighborhood, two men are seen wandering around. One of them walks towards a truck. He opens it and goes inside.

"My pistol was on the floorboard of the driver side, and you could see his feet kind of dangling out my door,” said the homeowner who wants to remain anonymous.

He says he realized his gun was missing the next day. It was the only item stolen.

"It was odd that he left my wallet. There were a number of other things in my truck that had value."

Mobile Police say guns are exactly what many thieves are targeting. These guns are often ending up in the hands of teenagers, and are found later at other crime scenes.

Mobile Public Safety Director James Barber says neighborhoods like Stonehedge are main targets.

"It’s happening in the middle of the night when they can move about pretty quietly,” said Barber. “Once they obtain them, they either keep them, or they keep doing it and take these handguns and sell them on social media. They're selling on the street from anywhere between $40-$80."

Mobile police say at least 400 vehicles have been broken into since January 2018. Out of that, 80-percent were unlocked with more than 60 weapons stolen.

The truck in this incident is just one example of that statistic. The homeowner thought he had locked it.

"It happened. It was negligence on my part, and it made an easy grab for this guy,” said the homeowner.

He is hoping his story will serve as a lesson for others to keep their guns with them and their cars locked. The video isn’t the best quality, but he's also hoping someone who may know the two guys will call Mobile Police.

"I would love to have my gun back at this time, but I don't think that will happen. I just want to make sure that they never have the opportunity again."

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