Stamford Police Department / Contributed
STAMFORD — A city man who reported that his Smith & Wesson pistol had been stolen out of his unlocked car was criminally charged with misdemeanor counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and unsafe storage of a firearm in a car, police said.
Tyler Burchard, 29, reported that his 9mm semiautomatic pistol had been stolen last week out of the unlocked center console of his unlocked car, which was parked overnight at his home on Soundview Avenue near Cummings Park, Capt. Richard Conklin said.
Gun owners must do more to keep weapons out of the wrong hands, Conklin said. Burchard was released after he posted $5,000 court appearance bond.
“We have to implore people to take more responsibility in these situations. He did not even lock his car,” Conklin said. “You have to take more responsibility if you own firearms to secure them properly so they do not fall into other people’s hands.”If the doors had been locked to Burchard’s vehicle and the gun placed in an unlocked center console, he would only have been charged with improperly storing his weapon,
Conklin said. Since 2019, guns left in vehicles must be locked in a container under state law.
Conklin said Burchard’s pistol permit was seized and sent to state police for revocation.https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/policereports/article/Police-Owner-of-stolen-gun-arrested-in-Stamford-15801548.php