Guns taken after tornado, returned to apartment residents

By Audrey Wise

December 3, 2013 Updated Dec 3, 2013 at 11:44 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill -- The Washington Police Department is trying to re-connect gun owners with their weapons.

Nearly 100 guns were taken from the Georgetown Common Apartments after the tornado.

Washington Police Officer Jim Fussner said they didn't go house to house looking for guns.

However, due to structure concerns, and apartment residents not being allowed in, police collected the guns for safety reasons.

"The possibility of looters, kids that may be out in the areas that sneak back into these houses or looking around into these houses and would find something and start playing around with it and we don't want to see anybody getting hurt," said Officer Fussner.

Resident Jeff Kuehl said they kicked in his door and took his guns from a secured wall locker, which he doesn't think was necessary.

"They wouldn't allow me back in to secure my own firearms in my own property. Other residents were able to go ahead and get in, just not Georgetown, doesn't seem fair," said Kuehl.

Officer Fussner said about six other guns found in the rubble have been turned into police.

He said if you find a weapon, leave it alone, call police and they will come retrieve it.