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Dozens of guns stolen from Springfield home, police now concerned where guns will end up

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

On Thanksgiving Day, police said a 500-pound safe, containing 15 guns, was lifted from a home in Springfield's 16 Acres neighborhood.

Sgt. John Delaney, an executive aide to the police commissioner at the Springfield Police Department, said it's rare to see a gun robbery of this magnitude.

"This is something that we're used to investigating, but as far as the numbers - 15 at one time is unusual," Delaney said.

The guns stolen included rifles and semi-automatic handguns that Delaney says are worth thousands of dollars if sold on the street.

Police found the safe eventually, but all of the guns were missing.

Springfield police are now concerned about where the guns are now.

"There are 15 additional guns on the street now that are not only a danger to the community, but a danger to police officers themselves," said Delaney.

Some residents in 16 Acres told CBS 3 that they are concerned now that more guns are on the street.

"It is concerning that there are illegal stolen guns in the hands of the wrong people. I mean, they obviously aren't going to be licensed if they are buying them as stolen property," said Barbara Mason, a resident of 16 Acres.

In order to prevent guns from being stolen out of peoples' homes, Delaney has tips for gun owners.

"It's great to put it in a safe, but the safe has to be attached to something inside the house so it can't be carried out," Delaney said. "People who have guns in their house legally should hide them in such an area, where if their house was ever broken into, the thief would never find it."

Springfield police are still looking at leads to find out who is responsible for stealing the safe and guns from the home. The department is also asking people who have any information about this theft to contact them.

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