Updated July 27
A 65-year-old Edgartown woman is being charged with failure to report an unauthorized firearm and her license to carry was suspended by the police chief after she waited 10 days to report a lost gun, according to a police report.
Catherine Tobin, 65, reported the gun, a .380 calibre Sig Sauer rainbow edition pistol, missing on July 15, the report states. She reported that she lost the firearm sometime between a visit to the Black Dog Cafe in Tisbury and helping a friend move in Edgartown on July 5. “Tobin said her handgun was holstered in a black Kydex holster and was on her side. Tobin said she knew she had the firearm on her person at the cafe because she remembered it being uncomfortable,” the report states. “… Tobin speculated at some point she removed the firearm from her side as it had been bothering her to the point where it left a rash. Tobin does not remember where the firearm ended up from there.”
Police asked Tobin why it took her so long to report it missing. “Tobin said her life has been very busy and she finally decided to report the gun lost on the advice of her brother,” the report states.
According to the report, Tobin has a Florida license. When an officer in Edgartown called Tobin to tell her that her license had been suspended and to bring it to the station, she allegedly said she was “currently in West Tisbury and would get [there] eventually. Tobin said she was phoning her attorney and then hung up.”
Attorney Casey Dobel called to arrange for Tobin to turn in her license, as well as a .9mm Sig Sauer pistol and some ammunition, according to the report. Dobel told police she was “prepared to report it stolen.”
The missing firearm was reported to the county communications center to be put into the national database and other Island police departments were alerted to the gun.
Reached by phone Friday, Tobin ended the call after The Times asked if she would comment on the missing gun.
Police Chief Bruce McNamee said he suspended Tobin’s Massachusetts license to carry, which she can appeal. He has no jurisdiction over the Florida license. “Firearms licensure is a serious responsibility and has to be treated as such,” McNamee told The Times. “Fortunately calls like this are very rare. Of the licenses I’ve issued, I can’t think of a person who lost a firearm and ultimately never recovered it.”
Police have searched for the gun, but have been unable to recover it, the chief said.
Tobin has not yet received a summons to appear in Edgartown District Court on the charge of failing to report the gun missing, Dobel said Tuesday. She declined further comment.
The missing gun comes on the heels of a public records revelation that the Tisbury Police Department can’t account for a department issued Glock, which was first reported missing in 2017. Former Police Chief Daniel Hanavan and retired Sgt. Timothy Stobie, the department’s former armorer, gave conflicting statements on the gun’s whereabouts. Ultimately it was also reported as missing in the national database and an attempt by former Chief Mark Saloio to have the missing gun investigated was rejected by town administrator Jay Grande. No one has been charged in that gun’s disappearance.
Updated to clarify that the summons has not yet been issued.