Thousands of guns stolen from cars are falling into the hands of criminals, HPD data shows

Thousands of guns stolen from cars are falling into the hands of criminals, HPD data shows

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Thousands of guns are being stolen from vehicles every year in Houston – putting them into the hands of criminals, who use the weapons to commit violent crimes. ABC13 obtained new statistics from the Houston Police Department, which reveal there were 2,604 reports of guns being stolen from vehicles in 2021. That is an increase compared to 2,368 stolen gun reports in 2020. “Every one of those guns stolen from a car is ending up in a criminal’s hands,” said Fred Milanowski, a special agent in charge of Houston Field Division for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives . According to Milanowski, stolen guns have a direct impact on the crime and homicide rate, which continues to climb in Houston. “We know that from our investigations and from our debriefing of criminals,” Milanowski said. “There are some criminals we interviewed that said all they do all night long is break into cars and get all the guns they want.” Guns taken from vehicles are something we have been reporting for years. Back in 2017, ABC13 Investigates sent surveys to every convicted killer in Harris County who used a gun to murder someone since 2014. The majority of them said they used stolen guns. SEE ALSO: Answers from inside Texas prisons to help get crime guns off Houston streets As a federal agency, Milanowski said one of the main priorities is tracking down stolen firearms from gun stores. “In Houston, last year, there were […]

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