Stolen guns

Mason City police investigators go door to door seeking information related to the theft of guns from a police car in the neighborhood on Monday.

MASON CITY — Forensic tests have been ordered in the case of guns stolen from a Mason City police vehicle and later found by fishermen.

Two fishermen found a bag containing the Mason City Police Department’s stolen semiautomatic Colt M16 A1 rifle and a Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun in northeast Mason City, said Police Chief Jeff Brinkley.

He said the bag, which also contained stolen ammunition, was found July 19 in an area that had recently been flooded.

The theft remains an open investigation.

Officials are waiting for the results of tests requested on evidence sent to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Crimanalistics Lab in Ankeny, Brinkley said.

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Police believe the fishermen had nothing to do with the theft and contacted police to turn over the guns.

“When they opened the bag they realized pretty quickly what they thought that probably was,” Brinkley said.

The guns had been stolen from the back seat of an unmarked Police Department vehicle between June 25 and June 27. The vehicle was parked in the 300 block of South Tennessee Avenue.

Officials say they believe the lock on the vehicle may have malfunctioned.

The department has not identified the officer who was involved.

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