WATERLOO – The police department’s Violent Crime Apprehension Team has seized its 300th firearm since its inception.
The haul that pushed the total to the 300 mark came Wednesday as officers recovered seven stolen guns in two separate incidents, including a commemorative Thompson .45-caliber semi-automatic rifle with gold accents.
VCAT was started in 2010 with the help from a federal grant, which has since lapsed. Currently, five officers are assigned to the unit.
In one incident Wednesday, investigators found a firearm after a Waterloo man, 23-yer-old Devanta Riley, was arrested for allegedly shooting at a woman who was holding a baby. No injuries were reported.
In the other case this week, police investigating three men detained in a Wednesday morning bar burglary and brief chase in Waterloo found evidence from other break-ins. The trio and two others were charged in connection with the theft of guns, rare coins and jewelry from a Benton County home.
Officers with the Waterloo Police Department, Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office and Benton County Sheriff’s Office found evidence from break-ins in both counties.
Those arrested include:
Suad Covic, 25, of 2516 W. Ninth St., first-degree theft, trafficking stolen weapons, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana. Court records indicate police found a 9mm SIG Sauer handgun in a safe in his bedroom closet.
Antonio McGhee 27, 1031 Independence Ave., first-degree theft and trafficking stolen weapons. Authorities found a 20-gauge shotgun hidden in a hole in a wall behind a dress.
Elvis Puric, 28, 1043 Independence Ave., first-degree theft and trafficking stolen weapons. Police found a .22-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver in his bedroom.
Salih Golubovic, 34, 1014 Randolph St., first-degree theft, trafficking stolen weapons and felon in possession of a firearm. Police found the Thompson rifle at the foot of his bed, records state.
Adis Didovic, 36, of 230 Hammond Ave., first-degree theft.
Covic’s arrest comes a month after he was sentenced in Tama County for allegedly stealing a Ford F-150 pickup truck, seed trailer and a golf cart in Dysart, and damaging a shop, a 1969 Chevrolet Camera and a 1987 Buick Grand National while attempt to steal those vehicles in Traer in June 2017. He was granted a deferred judgment, which would remove the case from his criminal history if he completes probation.