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AR-15, other items stolen from Ellmers' home

Posted October 22, 2013

— Police say an unsecured AR-15 semi-automatic rifle was stolen last week from an unlocked garage at the family home of 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers in Dunn.

Dunn Police Chief Jimmy Pope said Tuesday that the break-in was reported by Ellmers' husband, Dr. Brent Ellmers, last Wednesday. Their 18-year-old son, Ben, a North Carolina State University freshman, also lives at the home. 

The AR-15 was left out in plain sight, next to a gun safe. It was stolen along with a gun case and a GPS unit. 

The last time the weapon was seen was on the evening of Oct. 15. The theft likely occurred overnight, Pope said. 

Asked if Brent Ellmers explained why the gun wasn’t locked up, Pope said, “I think they’d been out shooting, and it was just one of those things. They probably laid it down and planned to come back and put it away and just forgot about it.”

Pope said the thief also went through at least one of the two cars in the garage, also unlocked, but that nothing else was reported missing.

He said the department is actively investigating the theft.  

Ellmers' spokesman Thomas Doheny said the congresswoman was in Washington at the time of the theft. He described her as "extremely upset" by the burglary. 

Doheny confirmed the AR-15 belongs to Ellmers' son, who tweeted, "I'm now a proud ar15 owner" on June 11th. 

Asked why the weapon was left unsecured, Doheny said, "The congresswoman would very much like to know the answer to that question, too."

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  • COPs eye Oct 26, 12:51 p.m.

    Pure stupidity on the younger Elmers. AR-15s aren't cheap and aren't safe to be left out. If you're going to own one, own a safe, if you own a safe, USE IT!

    submoa

    smartest post on here

  • COPs eye Oct 26, 12:46 p.m.

    She's an embarrassment. I hope nobody is hurt or killed because of her lack of responsibility.

    familyandamerica

    apparently you did not see that she was in Washington not at home.

  • rocket Oct 25, 11:30 a.m.

    "They should be fined for not securing the weapon. And held criminally liable if anyone is injured or killed with it!"

    While it was irresponsible to not have the gun locked up, no law was broken. Last time I checked we all still have a right to decide what goes where inside our own homes. 99.9% of the blame lies with the thief. And if someone is injured or killed 100% of the blame lies with the shooter.

  • jscott13 Oct 25, 11:20 a.m.

    This woman is ridiculous with her insensitive comments and now this. Let's just be sure that she doesn't get elected again!! I hope that someone great is going to run against her!

  • wayneboyd Oct 25, 8:31 a.m.

    I wonder if this story had been written under Nancy Pelosi's name if it would have warranted front page news on WRAL for a week.

  • NC_interest Oct 24, 1:35 p.m.

    Ellmers, Way to go on Gun Safety. Leave the expensive Semi-Auto outside of the Gun Locker in an open garage .
    I know it isn't responsible gun owners that kill people, but it is lax security gun owners that allow others to get the guns.

  • snshine62d Oct 24, 12:39 p.m.

    Yea, that's a safe place to keep a AR-15. Nice going. Can't wait for her to voted out. You talk about not having a clue.......

  • Taffy Oct 24, 12:16 p.m.

    So much for responsible gun ownership.If your elected congress person and her family aren't responsible what are we to expect from the rest of us. A weapon of this sort should always be securely stored before you do anything else. And we wonder how youngster get weapons. They should be fined for not securing the weapon. And held criminally liable if anyone is injured or killed with it!

  • rushbot Oct 24, 9:31 a.m.

    stolen, hmmm..so they say....

  • jgilchr Oct 24, 8:43 a.m.

    Nice job on the part of the Ellmers. This gun will likely be used in a crime.

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