Handgun found in pond by treasure hunters linked to car burglary spree

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TOOELE COUNTY (News4Utah) – A handgun found by treasure hunters Saturday ended up being stolen from a car burglary spree, according to the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office.

Brother Samuel and Simon Crapo were hoping to get lucky over the weekend while snorkeling in the Stansbury Park Mill Pond. But instead, they discovered evidence from a crime scene.

“I didn’t think it was real at first but looking over it, I knew it was a real gun,” said Crapo in an interview Monday with News4Utah. “We called police and turned it over to them.”

Lt. Travis Scharmann with the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office said the handgun was linked to a burglary spree by four teenagers that targeted dozens of cars in Stansbury Park several weeks ago.

“We received information through an anonymous tip,” said Lt. Scharmann. “Upon questioning several of the suspects, one of them confessed that he got nervous, decided he was going to dispose of the firearm, and threw it in the water. He figured nobody would go into the water looking.”

Deputies said the sheriff’s office was already planning on scheduling a date and time for divers to look for the unloaded 9-millimeter handgun before the Crapo brothers found it.

“It could’ve been a bad situation if the wrong person was in possession of the firearm. Also, they could have gotten into a lot of trouble if the wrong person was in possession of the firearm,” said Lt. Scharmann.

He said the four teenagers face charges of burglary and possibly a charge of illegal possession of a firearm.

“Also, it’s a good idea that if you purchase a firearm, keep track of the serial numbers so if something like this does happen, it’s easier for us to track them if they are located,” said Lt. Scharmann.

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