Police: 4 guns stolen from Panthers player's truck

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Panthers LB Kion Wilson


by NewsChannel 36 Staff and Associated Press


Posted on December 28, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 28 at 7:05 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are trying to find out who broke in and stole four guns from a truck owned by a Carolina Panthers player earlier this week.

According to the police report, someone broke in to backup linebacker Kion Wilson’s F250 truck at the Best Buy parking lot on Perimeter Parkway near the Northlake Mall just after 5 p.m on Monday.

The thieves stole four guns worth $1,700 total.  The four guns included a Glock 23, a 12-gauge shotgun, a 57 FN handgun and a Smith and Wesson.

The report also states the door lock on the truck was damaged during the incident.

Police were checking out surveillance cameras but have no suspects, said police Sgt. Brian Foley.

He wouldn't say if the firearms are registered to Wilson, citing the privacy of the investigation. 
However, Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said the team has checked and the guns are correctly registered to Wilson to travel. 

Hurney said Wilson was on his way to a firing range to practice shooting on Monday when he made a stop at a Best Buy and discovered the missing firearms shortly after leaving the store. 

Wilson is listed as a backup linebacker on the Panthers depth chart.  In four games this season, he has just one tackle, which was recorded Sunday in Carolina’s 48-16 win over Tampa Bay.  The Jacksonville, Florida native is in his second season in the NFL and played for current Panthers head coach Ron Rivera in San Diego last season.

Multiple team injuries led the Panthers to sign Wilson, 25, from their practice squad in November.

Wilson, 25, is one of nine children in his family, and according to ESPN his father was murdered when he was three years old and two of his brothers were killed in 2009.

Foley said the truck Wilson owns is a common target for thieves.  He was not made available for comment during the team's open locker room session Wednesday.