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Assistant district attorney reports handgun theft

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 12:50 AM
Last updated 12:58 AM
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Deputies were called Monday to the John H. Ruffin Jr. Courthouse to investigate the theft of a handgun from an assistant district attorney’s vehicle, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report.

Assistant District Attorney John T. O’Neal told police the 9 mm Hi-Point pistol was taken from his unlocked 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe between Dec. 10 and Friday morning. O’Neal told police he had borrowed the gun from his friend, Geoffrey Fogus, who also is an assistant district attorney.

Police advised Fogus to locate the weapon’s serial number at his home and report it to the sheriff’s office.

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Riverman1 01/08/13 - 05:55 am
Ruff House Location

I think some of us said the Ruff House in that area may have problems. But it does make things easier...commit the crime there, get charged and tried without leaving the premises. But the moral of the story is if you borrow someone's gun, you don't leave it in an unlocked vehicle.

TrulyWorried 01/08/13 - 06:36 am
There is no excuse

for such an unbelievable stupidity! Leaves vehicle unlocked and then does not notice the theft for such a long period of time - from December 10, 2013 until Friday - January 4, 2013?

jmo 01/08/13 - 06:46 am

Why would anyone ever leave their car unlocked? It takes so much effort to push a button and unlock it.

OpenCurtain 01/08/13 - 09:11 am
Stupid is as ...........

Finish the line we know it by heart.
There a few missing details that could change my comments completely but as of 8am Tuesday morning.

A Open Few Questions:

1.Why are ADA's loaning and owning the cheapest Saturday Night Special 9 mm on the market? At one time the MOST common weapon used in holdups and by Gang Bangers?

The unlocked vehicle part I won't hold against him there are at least 6 ways to unlock a vehicle WITHOUT the Keys on Youtube right now. But also see the last questions.

2. Why did he borrow a pistol, if he wasn't using it and only to be locked in a vehicle for 3 weeks and not even check on it?
There is a serious unasked question here.

3. Where was all the Pricy Security that the court house uses?
It is an onsite vehicle, and vehicle tampering should monitored also. It is within the range of possibilities that some time in the future a gang banger could do something or plant something in a Judges or DA's vehicle as payback. Now that it has been pointed out that things can go unnoticed for weeks.

4. Are County employees parking POV's on County property for free long term Semi-Secure Parking?

5. Will the law be equally applied? This is asked because if a child ends up shot by this unintentionally unsecured weapon left in an unintentionally "unlocked" vehicle, will the State Attorney General seek charges against both DA's?

After all this is what DA's do to the parents that have children that unintentionally gain access to a weapon and are unintentionally injured or killed.

grinder48 01/08/13 - 10:15 am
Unlocked Vehicle

This is incredibly stupid! I would point out to "jmo" though that the reason for leaving vehicle unlocked is to avoid having smashed windows and damaged locks from forced entry. I do keep my weapon locked in the car when I can't take it with me inside some place but, at night, I take weapon and all valuables out of car and leave it unlocked. Learned his from experience ... lock it and they smash the window.

soapy_725 01/08/13 - 10:19 am
Blind leading the blind.....

can you just see the DA prosecuting a perp with the same MO? No wonder the perps have more rights that the victims. We are all victims of a system run by mental patients. The criminals are running the court system. Justice is neither blind, deaf or exempt from wealth envy.

grinder48 01/08/13 - 10:21 am
There are so many stupid

There are so many stupid things about this whole article that is beyond belief! And the irony of where i happened and to whom it happened is almost laughable. I can't help but wonder if there were security cameras at work. Of course reviewing all the tape covering a period of over 3 weeks would be practically impossible. This reflects on O'Neal's competence as an ADA ... anyone that stupid probably shouldn't be in that position.

Fiat_Lux 01/08/13 - 12:28 pm

Without considering the potential negligence involved in this, your point #3 is the one I consider most telling. This incident should have been caught on video, and from more than one angle and more than one camera.

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