World War II guns, safes recovered

Items stolen Saturday after break-in; between $10,000 to $15,000 still missing

WEST FARMINGTON — The nine World War II guns and three safes that were stolen Sunday from the VFW Post 7200 have been recovered.

“Detective (Mike) Yannucci called me (Wednesday) and told me they recovered all three safes, but they had been broken into,” Robert Anspach, quartermaster of the post, said. Yannucci called him again in the afternoon to let him know that the guns were found, Anspach said.

“I’m relieved that they (the rifles) were found because if not, I think the theives would have discarded them,” Anspach said.

The safes and guns are at the Weathersfield Police Department, Anspach said. He’s waiting to find out when he can go and retrieve them to find out what all was taken.

Some of the items in the safe include gaming records and keys to the gaming machines and security of the property.

“I’ve already changed some of the locks on the door,” Anspach said.

The break-in happened overnight Saturday when someone used a sledgehammer to break through concrete blocks in the rear of the building. Three safes containing nine vintage guns, records and between $10,000 to $15,000 cash were taken.

The cash is still missing.

Police in Howland and in Weathersfield helped recover the safes and the guns, Sgt. Yannucci, a detective with the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, said.

More details will be released this morning during a press conference at the Weathersfield Township Police Department. The department will be holding the conference with the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office.