Nearly 600 guns were reported stolen from Jacksonville’s cars. One of them was used to kill Caroline Schulert

Nearly 600 guns were reported stolen from Jacksonville’s cars.  One of them was used to kill Caroline Schulert


Jacksonville, Florida. Police say the guns stolen on the streets of Jacksonville could be just the beginning of a chain of crimes.

At least 588 guns have been reported stolen from cars in Jacksonville so far this year. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said most of them were taken from unlocked cars, along with hundreds of other robberies.

“One gun stolen from a car outside a home is too many,” JSO spokesman Christian Hancock said.

About 100 guns were stolen from homes, and about 250 were stolen in other thefts, according to JSO.

That’s an improvement over last year’s numbers, Hancock said.

“We do a lot of messaging on our social media platforms for the 9pm routine,” he said.

This routine asks people to lock their cars and remove valuables especially their guns every night at 9 pm

Data from JSO also shows that hundreds of stolen guns are recovered each year.

“Most of the time, unfortunately, we find these guns on the street, used for illegal purposes after they’ve been stolen from someone’s car or someone’s home,” Hancock said.

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Among those were the weapons, used to kill Caroline Schulert, the US Coast Guard member who was shot dead in Riverside in August while trying to stop a car robbery.

“She’s what everyone wants their daughter to be. We were all so proud of her,” Father Pat Schullert said.

A week later, a 22-year-old man was arrested and charged with premeditated murder.

According to court documents, ballistics testing showed that the gun used was stolen from an unlocked car in the same neighborhood 12 days before the shooting.

Caroline Schulert’s father told News4JAX he feels that if Venice had not been accessible, she would not have lost her life that day.

“I’ve been a gun owner my whole life and it’s my responsibility to take care of this gun at all times,” he said.

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He would like to see people whose weapons were stolen from unlocked cars prosecuted a practice the Public Security Bureau said it avoids for fear of deterring people from reporting stolen weapons.

JSO has a program where they will pay a cash reward to people who surrender guns and convert criminals with guns.

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