Loaded gun missing after rec center workout

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A 63-year-old Castle Rock man told police he remembers feeling his loaded semi-automatic gun when he placed his sunglasses in the gun pocket of his vest prior to going into the Castle Rock Recreation Center on July 15.

But the gun is now missing.

He told police his locker was locked during his 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. workout, but upon going to the shower, he left the locker unlocked with the door closed. He then gathered his belongings and left. But that same day at 3 p.m., he grabbed the vest that he keeps the gun in and noticed that it was lighter than normal, according to the police report.

He reported that he and his wife looked everywhere in the house and vehicles but didn't find it.

The man described the gun as a $600 semi-automatic Sig Sauer, .380-caliber, stainless steel handgun with a six-round magazine — and that the magazine has hollow-point rounds with one in the chamber.

Castle Rock Police Sgt. Tim Ratcliff on July 26 said police hadn't spoken with the victim that day, but their understanding is the weapon is still missing.

Ratcliff said the man has a concealed weapon permit and so wouldn't have committed any violation by taking it into the recreation center or leaving it in an unlocked locker. But he said any valuables should be kept locked and secured and that about the only thing he'd leave in a locker would be a dirty towel.

Often in these cases, the missing items are found in places people don't think they had left them. So whether the weapon was even in the rec center at all isn't known at this time, Ratcliff said.