GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - Police in Georgetown are saying it’s becoming an alarming trend – more and more teenagers are being arrested with stolen guns.
21 firearms have been stolen in the city in the last six months, according to the Georgetown Police Department. Police say 16 of those guns were taken from vehicles.
"We're talking 14, 15, 16-year-old juveniles in procession of these handguns,” said Georgetown Assistant Police Chief Robert Swanigan.
There has been a 30 percent increase in shots fired calls over the same six month time frame, according to police.
While some of the stolen guns have been recovered, police say there are quite a few still out there, possibly in the hands of juveniles.
"We're not finding these handguns in pawn shops, or some places where we would normally find them after they're stolen like that. Which leads us to worry and believe that they are still on the street and still in possession of one of these young adults or children,” Swanigan said.
And the data is backing up Swanigan’s theory. Police have arrested at least 10 minors and four adult teenagers associated with firearm thefts in the last few weeks.
So police are urging the public to lock their cars at night and to store their firearms in a safe place. They say if this trend of thefts continues, it could turn deadly.
“This is a recipe for disaster,” Swanigan said. “Something horrible is going to happen. My biggest fear is that one of my officers is going to be killed or one of these children are going to be killed,”