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Rhode still trying to locate stolen gun

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  1. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    Olympic shooter Rhode still trying to locate stolen gun

    By Tim Haddock, Staff Writer - 09/14/2008

    Los Angeles Newspaper Group

    Skeet shooter Kim Rhode competed for the first time since the gun she used to win four Olympic medals was stolen from her truck in Lake Elsinore.

    Rhode, who lives in Monrovia and is a member of the Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall, is in Colorado Springs, Colo., for a selection match for world championship competition. She needs to finish among the top three shooters to qualify for world championship and world cup events.

    The selection match ends Tuesday. Her first day of competition was Sunday and Richard Rhode, her father and coach, said, "She's shooting good and we expect to win this thing."

    Kim Rhode is using a new gun in the selection match. The gun that was stolen was the one she used to win two gold, a silver and a bronze medal in shooting events in the Olympics.

    It was the one she used to win her first gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta in 1996 and the one she used to win a silver medal in the most recent Olympics in Beijing last month.

    "The other gun I worked 18 years on," Kim Rhode said. "This one I have three rounds on it.

    The gun is extremely unique. The stock cannot be replaced. It's extremely unique in a lot of aspects."

    Rhode's gun was stolen Thursday when she was shopping for wedding shoes and carpets with her mother at the outlet stores in Lake Elsinore.

    They were at the Vale Lake Resort in Temecula where Kim Rhode was shooting a public service announcement for the Outdoor Channel earlier in the day. They stopped at the outlet mall to do some shopping. While they were at the Pottery Barn purchasing a rug, robbers smashed the window of their truck and stole the shotgun which was in the backseat covered in towels and blankets.

    Sharon Rhode, Kim's mom, said there was money in the glove box and ammunition in the truck. Neither the money nor the ammunition was stolen.

    There is a $5,000 reward offered for the return of the gun.

    Surveillance tapes show a red SUV with two people in it driving away from the Rhode's truck at the parking lot at the mall.

    Newspapers and television stations across the country have reported on the stolen gun.

    Internet traffic, especially on trapshooters.com, is producing thousands of hits.

    "It's going to be interesting to see how this all plays out," Kim Rhode said. "It's a real bummer. It's been there from the beginning.

    The selection match in Colorado Springs is a three-day event that ends Tuesday. She also has a shooting competition in Belarus at the end of the month.

    "To have this happen is so shocking," Kim Rhode said. "It makes no sense."
     
  2. shannon391

    shannon391 Active Member

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    Sad thing is crash and grab thieves are not the type to watch the news or read the paper. They likely do not understand the magnitude of their act. Hopefully whoever becomes the final "fence" will realize just how "hot" this item is and figure out a way to return to Kim.
     
  3. dhwbailey

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    Looks like the thieves knew what they were looking for.
     
  4. shannon391

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    Thieves don't pass on money, They just don't take time to search after breaking a window in a mall parking lot, they just grab and dash in seconds.

    Many people cover their valuables with a jacket or other handy cover, but seasoned thieves have learned to look under this clever disguise.

    I used to be a partner in a popular bar restuarant and had to deal with this every weekend.
     
  5. ronbo142

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    I am wondering if she was not staked out by these thugs....

    Ronbo
     
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