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Security changes coming to Clearwater Air Park a year after employee steals more than a dozen guns

Posted at 4:33 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 22:14:08-04

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Security upgrades are in the works at the Clearwater Air Park. This comes a year after police say an employee admitted to stealing more than a dozen guns, including assault rifles, from a locked hangar.

"I didn't like it at all," said Gino Denucci.

Denucci has kept his plane at the airpark since the early 2000s. He said he's never had a major problem, other than the cost. He was shocked when he heard about the guns. His friend is the one who owned them.

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"That's where he kept all the tools. He did really nice work," said Denucci. "Some of them were custom guns."

According to Clearwater PD, David King Jr. confessed to stealing the guns after they caught him on surveillance video. His father, David King Sr, runs the Air Park.

City officials and King Sr. said the safety changes that are coming to the Air Park were in the works long before the guns were stolen. In fact, a recent inspection determined the Air Park is safe.

The city is going to use grant money to build a guard booth entrance gate. When someone goes to their hangers they will now have to show their id card to the security guard before swiping to get in.

The inspection showed that the airport has too many access points, so the city will close some of them. They are also looking into getting new security cameras.