Friday, August 8, 2014

Enhanced alarm systems required at Hailey gun shops

Recent gun theft sparks change

Express Staff Writer

    The Hailey City Council has passed a law requiring gun shop alarm systems to notify Blaine County 911 dispatch immediately in case of a break-in.
    A recent break-in at High Desert Sports in Hailey resulted in the theft of five semi-automatic handguns. An alarm on the property was set off by the intruders, resulting in a call from Boise to the business owners, but local police were not notified.
    The guns were valued at more than $3,000. They included two Beretta 9mm guns, one Glock 9mm, one FNH 9mm and one H&K 40 caliber.
    Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter said the guns are still missing, but that officers are following “active leads” in hopes of finding out who stole them.
    “Anyone selling guns should have the first call from their alarm company go to the police,” Gunter said.
    Gunter said most businesses in Hailey have alarm companies contact emergency dispatch in case of a break-in. He said a call about the High Desert Sports break-in would have allowed police to respond quickly, and at the very least, secure the building from further looting.
    “The call to the owners was treated like a false alarm,” he said. “So we only got the notice 10 hours after the alarm went off, when the owners discovered the break-in.”
    In other Hailey news:

  • Melanie Paisley was appointed to the Hailey Tree Committee, taking the place of Bill Josey.

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