By Joe Wiercinski
Herald Staff Writer
A 20-year-old man faces a felony charge after his father reported that one of his guns had been stolen from a locked box in their home.
Samuel Julius Irby, of 1123 Crowder Ave., has been charged with a single count of theft.
His father, Gregory Irby, told police he cleans his guns every week whether he had fired them or not. When he opened the box Feb. 3, he saw that a .38-caliber Colt Detective Special and a speed loader with six rounds was missing.
Irby told police he had checked all the doors and windows of the home to make sure they were intact and that there had not been a burglary. He then told his son he had 10 minutes to return the pistol and called 911 to report the theft.
Samuel Irby left at that point but returned with the gun and the loader shortly after police had arrived at the home for their investigation.
Irby told police his guns are always stored safely and that the pistol had been in a locked wooden box. He said he kept the keys for the locks on his personal key ring but noted that his son would have access to them because he lives in the home.
Irby said his son did not have permission to use any of his guns.
Police said Samuel Irby admitted taking the gun and keeping it in his vehicle for a few days before taking it to a friend’s house. He told police he took the gun because he had received some threats recently.
Samuel Irby was arrested and arraigned before District Judge Dennis M. Songer. He was taken to Mercer County Jail after failing to post bond.