Charlotte saw more than 200 guns stolen out of cars in 6 months (VIDEO)

North Carolina authorities say guns stolen out of vehicles continues to be a reoccurring theme in the Charlotte area. In fact, in the first six months of the year, the city saw 237 firearms taken from cars.

One of the most recent break-ins occurred Sunday morning, and left the vehicle with some $10,000 worth of damage. The victim, Matt Choiniere, said it looks like the suspects used a crow bar or possibly a drill or other power tool.

Choiniere, who is a gun owner, said when he spoke with officers, one of their first questions was whether or not he had any firearms in his vehicle and if they were missing. But Officer Jonathan Frisk, a CMPD crime prevention specialist, said guns aren’t necessarily what the suspects are always after, at least not initially.

“They’re going to get the electronics or whatever they can visibly see and then they go into the glove box or center console or the side panel and there lays a gun,” Frisk said.

[ WCNC ]