PEORIA — A 62-year-old Peoria Symphony Orchestra patron who left his loaded handgun in a locker at the Peoria Civic Center will have to retrieve it from the property room at the Peoria Police Department during normal business hours, according to a police report.
An off-duty officer working at the Civic Center was alerted by the event receptionist after the man placed a gun in the locker. The receptionist told police she gave the man a key and watched as he put a cellphone and a black handgun in the locker before going into the theater, the report said.
The officer unlocked the locker and found a handgun with a full magazine of seven rounds and one round in the chamber. The officer confiscated the gun and left a business card in its place. The gun was taken to the police station by another officer, the report said.
When the man returned to the locker after the concert, the officer asked if he had a valid license to carry a concealed weapon. He did. The man told the officer he and his wife were running late to the concert when he saw the metal detectors and asked about storage lockers, according to the report.
The report noted that every entrance into the Civic Center is marked with a no firearms sign.