Molino Man Charged With Trying To Steal Gun As Deputies Watched

September 13, 2019

A Molino man was charged after allegedly trying to steal a handgun from a pickup truck in Davisville as Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies watched.

Ilence James Hamm,  47, was charged with first degree felony armed burglary. He was later released from the Escambia County Jail on a $2,500 bond.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Marathon gas station in the 10000 block of Highway 97 in reference to a trespassing complaint. Deputies made contact with Hamm who was asked to leave the store by the manager, and advised to leave the property by deputies, according to an ECSO report.

Deputies watched as he left the store and walked away on Highway 97 where he stood in front of a residence for approximately seven to eight minutes before he proceeded into the yard where a pickup was parked, the report states.  Deputies watched as he approached the pickup, made two laps around it and proceeded to the rear of the truck for 10-15 minutes. He then proceeded to driver’s door, looked around and opened the pickup door. The three deputies immediately responded.

As Hamm saw the deputies leaving the nearby store, he closed the door and proceeded to the back of the truck and toward the driveway. He spontaneously told the arriving deputies that the was a gun in the door of the truck, and he was immediately detained.

Deputies made contact with the resident who stated that Hamm had obviously tried to remove the handgun from the holster but had failed due to its locking style.


10 Responses to “Molino Man Charged With Trying To Steal Gun As Deputies Watched”

  1. barbara on September 15th, 2019 8:25 pm

    Lock up your weapons…there should be a huge fine against the gun owner if they choose this behavior.thanks to the Officers on duty they had a “feeling”this dude was up to no good!

  2. Dale Flowers on September 14th, 2019 12:53 am

    The article says: “Deputies made contact with the resident who stated that Hamm had obviously tried to remove the handgun from the holster but had failed due to its locking style.” If a gun is left out where it can easily be spotted and stolen that might be neglect on the part of the owner. I wouldn’t rush to judgment about this owner as there is some indication that the gun was locked. That the thief was able to see the handgun and felt compelled to steal it should put the focus of scorn more on the thief than the owner.

    And should a person who has a knife, baseball bat or golf club stolen from him be charged with a crime if that item was subsequently used in a crime? Slippery slope?

  3. Alan on September 13th, 2019 3:52 pm

    First degree felony armed burglary and only a $2500.00 bond that only requires $250.00 to walk out of jail. What is wrong with our judges? No wonder there is so much crime in Escambia County. You can count on the judges going easy on you and not locking you up. Sad.

  4. Anne on September 13th, 2019 1:37 pm

    I cringe at the thought of someone being careless and irresponsible enough to leave a home or vehicle unlocked and unsecured.
    The addition of leaving exposed or “hidden”a firearm or other devices such as phones, computers, wallets, purses, keys, door remotes, etc. is just purely dumb.
    Agree with others here that if someone leaves their belongings at risk and that includes a gun of any sort then the owner should face charges of neglect.
    This guy and many others look for targets of opportunity and while unlawful they will and do take your “Stuff”.
    Lock UP your cars and homes, easy as that.

  5. David on September 13th, 2019 12:07 pm

    Calling people idiot in any situation and as this lack the articulation to the title “idiot”
    Perhaps calling him another name would surely make him care and never do what YOU dont want him to do next time.
    If the person wants something he or she will break into anything to get it. Calling names is a sign of low self esteem

  6. Marie S. on September 13th, 2019 8:59 am

    Thank God the deputies were there to arrest him before the gun was stolen. But the idiot who left his truck unlocked with a firearm inside should be charged as well. That’s the only way these idiots will learn to take their guns inside or lock their vehicles. LOCK UP YOUR FIREARMS!

  7. paul on September 13th, 2019 8:21 am

    Another unlocked vehicle with a gun available to grab. There should be charges for that also.

  8. Todd on September 13th, 2019 7:46 am

    Stop leaving firearms in your vehicles over night please, even if it’s locked,Thank you.

  9. lone chief on September 13th, 2019 4:38 am

    Deputies should of slapped the homeowner for leaving a weapon in an unlocked vehicle!!

  10. Jason on September 13th, 2019 1:12 am

    For the life of me I dont understand why anyone would leave a gun in an unattended and unlocked vehicle.

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