How do criminals get their guns? They’re not filling out 4473 forms at the counter of your local gun store. Depending on the source you look at, over 200,000 firearms are stolen each year. One thing that gun owners can do to reduce that number is to make it harder for would-be thieves to get at their guns. That’s a lesson the Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside learned the hard way over the summer.
As something called Slater Scoops reports,
According to exclusively-obtained police reports, Whiteside bought a $50,000 Colt M16 assault rifle, ammunition, a rifle bag, and a silencer at Johnson’s Firearms in Miami on July 5.
Whiteside went directly from the gun store to the University of Miami for a workout.
As he practiced in the Hurricanes gym for about an hour, Whiteside left his Rolls Royce unlocked.
The next day when Whiteside got home, he noticed that his rifle bag and weapon were missing.
Because why bother to lock your $400,000 ride?
About two weeks later, Whiteside and his attorneys spoke with detectives. During that conversation, Whiteside remembered that he had left the just-purchased rifle unattended in his unlocked car when he went back inside the gun store.
It was determined that the gun was stolen at that time, and not on UM’s campus.
The good news is that Whiteside’s gun and suppressor were later found in a stolen car.
So there’s no mystery as to how or why the gun was stolen. A long gun visibly stored in an unlocked flashy car is a juicy target for any thief.
No, the only real mystery here is…$50,000 for a Colt M16 and a suppressor?
OK, Whiteside makes over $23 million dollars a year so fifty grand is virtually pocket change to someone in that tax bracket. Still, assuming it isn’t full-auto, if you somehow pay twice the going price for a Colt M16A1, that would only be about $5,000. Buy an insanely-priced Jesse James can? Another $3,000. Plus the “rifle bag” and ammo…maybe you’re talking ten grand total? Maybe.
But if the report is accurate and Whiteside really did plunk down fifty grand for the items described, It seems to us that the most noteworthy robbery in this case happened inside the gun store.