Wednesday, August 31, 2011
My friend OhioBorderer told me about this:
Cops Confiscate Lakewood Lady’s Arsenal; Motive Pending
by Kyle Swenson
Francesca Rice no longer serves in her country’s armed forces, but she brought a piece of the action back home with her.
It seems the Lakewood vet had stockpiled her Edgewater Towers condo with a home arsenal including handguns, shotguns, a sniper rifle — plus a Thompson sub-machine gun, just in case the pizza guy got fresh.
Her cache somehow caught the attention of Lakewood Police, who paid a visit last September. When they found Rice wasn’t home, they asked an obliging employee of the complex to open up the apartment without her consent. Once inside, they raided the gun rack, making off with 13 firearms worth around $15,000. The only problem: They had no apparent reason to.
When Rice kindly asked to have her toys returned, the cops acknowledged that the weapons were legally owned. But they refused to return them without a court order. And so Rice has filed suit in Lakewood Municipal Court.
So far, nobody’s doing much talking. Lakewood Police Chief Timothy Malley declined to speak specifically about the seizure, citing the ongoing lawsuit. He also declined to speak generally about situations in which Lakewood cops would be likely to seize property on a whim. Rice’s attorney did not return Scene’s calls for comment, and Rice didn’t respond to repeated buzzes on her apartment intercom.
Amid all the zipped lips, there’s a moral here for everybody: Gun owners, beware of law enforcement looking to trod upon your rights. And non-gun owners, beware of neighbors who are particularly well prepared for the zombie apocalypse.
BTW she isn't just a Veteran, she's a DISABLED VETERAN!
Here's the Lakewood Municipal Court Papers.
Here's what the Lakewood Police stole, that is what it is called when someone takes something without a LEGAL right to it.
- SKS M-21 Sniper Rifle (An SKS 'Sniper' rifle??? Not by any definition I know)
- Ruger Blackhawk .357 (A 'modern' revolver patterned after the revolvers from the old west)
- Sentinel Arms 12 Gauge (Obviously a shotgun)
- Gemtech .22 LR (I believe this is a suppressed .22, Legal if you get a $200 tax stamp, Since the police had NO paperwork, Then they committed a federal crime taking this)
- Ruger Mark II .22 LR (One of the best .22's made)
- Antique double barrel percussion shotgun (another antique)
- Springfield Arms .45 ACP (a 1911 style pistol)
- Thompson M1928 .45 ACP Semi-automatic (If this is a real 1928 and not a semi-auto 1927 then the cops committed multiple federal crimes.)
- Mossberg 500A 12 Gauge Shotgun (One of the most popular shotguns ever)
- Valkyrie Arms M3 .45 ACP Semi-automatic (a legal version of a WW2 weapon)
- Smith & Wesson M-686 .357 (one of the most popular revolvers made)
- Makarov 9mm (The Russian version of our 9mm)
- Colt Model M1851 .44 (a black powder revolver)
None of these are the weapons of a subversive.
Isn't this what's called burglary and grand theft? Not to mention breaking and entering, trespass, illegal search etc....
This happened in Ohio, not some third world country. Last time I checked, Ohio WAS part of the United States. Did they secede and no one tell me?
This could've ended VERY badly for both the police and a Veteran, if she had been home.
Oh, that $15,000 estimate seems WAY LOW to me.
Dan Emplit WBFD