Stolen guns have pieces missingSome firearms taken during a weekend burglary are not safe to fire, said Dale Kilwein, co-owner of B&K Electric and hunter safety instructor.
By: Ashley Martin, The Dickinson Press
Some firearms taken during a weekend burglary are not safe to fire, said Dale Kilwein, co-owner of B&K Electric and hunter safety instructor.
He said the guns were modified for instructional use only.
“We made it so we could make things happen, just so kids could see the function of it,” Kilwein said, adding there are pieces missing.
Live ammunition was never supposed to be put into the guns, and the results of firing one could be hazardous, he said.
“I’d be scared to put a shell in them,” Kilwein said. “It will blow the side right out of the gun — there goes your fingers or your eyes.”
He said four to six of the 26 guns stolen from B&K Electric will likely malfunction if fired.
Kilwein received the guns to use for hunters’ education instructional purposes only, he said.
He said the stolen guns are worth about $900 to $1,500.
“Some of those guns are almost 100 years old,” Kilwein said. “I had three of them that are relics, and they have a lot of sentimental value.”
Tools were also taken from the building. A cold storage building nearby also had tools stolen from it.
Authorities believe the burglaries occurred late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
“Stuff was opened up, moved around and scattered,” Kilwein said. “It’s just more frustration than anything.”
The Stark County Sheriff’s Department would not comment.