Un­der­wa­ter search nets wrong ri­fle

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

POTTSTOWN » A swampy search for a stolen ri­fle turned up a ri­fle Aug. 9, but not the kind that shoots bul­lets.

Pottstown po­lice Capt. Robert Thomas said the search was un­der­taken as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by De­tec­tive Mark Wick­er­sham into a .22 cal­iber ri­fle stolen from a bor­ough res­i­dence in July.

The search took place in a stormwa­ter basin — filled near to the brim by re­cent heavy rain­fall — be­hind the new Aldi su­per­mar­ket in the Pottstown Cen­ter Shop­ping Cen­ter at Route 100 and Shoe­maker Road.

The Friend­ship Dive and Res­cue unit from Phoenixville was brought in to con­duct the search Aug. 9 be­cause of the wa­ter was chest high.

But the ri­fle the dive unit found turned out to be a BB gun.

“We had in­for­ma­tion that it might have been dumped in the wa­ter, so we needed to check it out,” Thomas said Aug. 10.

The BB gun will be logged as ev­i­dence and Wick­er­sham’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the stolen gun will con­tinue, Thomas said.

After search­ing the basin, the dive team mem­bers were washed off with a fire hose pro­vided by the Phillies Fire Com­pany.

TOM KELLY III — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Mem­bers of the Friend­ship Dive and Res­cue team from Phoenixville search a pond be­hind the for­mer Weis su­per­mar­ket in Pottstown in search of a ri­fle dis­carded by a sus­pect.

TOM KELLY III — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A Phillies fire­fighter washes off a mem­ber of the Friend­ship Dive and Res­cue team after they searched a pond in Pottstown for a .22 cal­iber ri­fle, but found a BB gun in­stead.

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