Underwater search nets wrong rifle
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.
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.
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.