On Wednesday morning, Sept. 16, the Orange Police Department responded to numerous reports of unlocked cars being entered in the North East section of Town.
In each case, the car’s owner had failed to lock the car, unknown subjects had entered the car and removed items of varying value.
According to police, Vincent Brescia, 66, of 518 Ferry Road, Orange had called to report that his vehicle, a 2012 Nissan Frontier had been left unlocked during the overnight hours and that a loaded .38 caliber revolver was taken from the unlocked glove box. The gun did not have a trigger lock affixed.
Mr. Brescia expressed remorse about failing to lock the car with the gun inside, police said.
Brescia was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and released on a promise to appear in Derby Superior court on Sept. 29.
His pistol permit was seized and remitted to the State Police Weapons unit for review.
Police processed Mr. Brescia’s vehicle and several items were secured as evidence to be forwarded to the State Lab for further analysis. The Department will continue to investigate this incident
Over the last several months, several communities have experienced a rash of thefts from unsecured cars in residential neighborhoods. Time and time again, the Orange police have urged residents through press releases, automated calls and social media to remove valuables from cars during the overnight hours and to lock their cars. The theft of a firearm punctuates the importance of securing valuables. Additionally, the owner of an improperly secured firearm which is stolen will be held to the highest level of accountability.