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Glocks, Ammunition Stolen From Deputy's Locked Vehicle

Marco News via YellowBrix

April 30, 2010

NAPLES, FL — The Collier County sheriff’s deputy’s unmarked car that was robbed on Tuesday and had several weapons, including two Glock pistols and a Taser, stolen from inside, was locked at the time of the burglary and remained locked after the burglary.

There were no signs of forced entry — broken windows, pried open doors, said Sgt. Brian Sawyer of the Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigations Division in North Naples. How the burglar or burglars got inside the vehicle, and why they targeted it in the first place remains a mystery.

“The vehicle was initially locked by (the deputy),” Sawyer said. “When he returned, it appeared to still be locked, but the items were stolen from his vehicle.”

The burglary occurred sometime between about 5:50 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., while the car was parked at the Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Road. The name of the deputy, who was off duty at the time of the burglary, was not released because he works in an undercover capacity, Sawyer said.

According to an incident report, the thief or thieves made off with a $600 Glock semiautomatic pistol, a $550 Glock semiautomatic pistol, a $75 holster, a $400 Taser, a $90 Taser cartridge, a $1,000 bullet proof vest, a $500 digital camera, a $50 folding knife, two pairs of $40 handcuffs, a $10 handcuff key, a key chain with personal photos, a $10 key for a gas pump, a $120 back pack, and about $650 worth of ammunition, including seven magazines for an M-16 rifle.

Two of the stolen items were not released for “tactical considerations,” Sawyer said. Most of the stolen items belonged to the deputy, but some of it is Sheriff’s Office property.

“It was secured inside the vehicle,” Sawyer said. “Most, if not all, would not be in ready view from the public.”

The suspects “neatly searched” the vehicle, and the deputy’s demeanor was listed as “upset,” according to the incident report.

Sawyer said that there didn’t initially appear to be anything that the deputy did wrong, but he said the Sheriff’s Office “evaluates any situation that occurs to better improve” practices. The Sheriff’s Office hasn’t identified any defined threats against the community because of the stolen items, although Sawyer said any weapons taken in an illegal fashion cause concern.

“We have not made any arrests,” Sawyer said. “We are following up on whatever leads come in, and we are asking for the public’s and the media’s help in providing us with any information that may be relevant for this incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (239) 252-9300, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).

  • Evgeni_nabokov_max50


    over 4 years ago


    this story is kind of fishy

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    People are wondering how he could have that many items worth so much money, well one of my h&k 91a's is valued at about $4000.00 alone, so............ but the vest costing a grand? I hope this turns out good for the good guys, the Leo as well as I am sure he is being looked at hard.

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    over 4 years ago


    DLR! Doesn't Look Right!

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    A duplicate key can be gotten if you know the key code and VIN number. A $100 and someone who works for the car dealership or just a good master cut down key. Lots of ways to get that car opened. A lock box in the trunk works best to keep crooks out of your "stuff".

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Hmmmm.........something isn't right here. I hope I'm wrong.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I'm curious why this arsenal of weapons were left in the vehicle in the first place. Not saying he had any other place to put them since he was parked at a YMCA...but the story sugguests that the weapons were laying readily out in the open in plain view. Depending on the type of vehicle, a key-less code sniffer could have been used, the doors could have been picked (not too terribly difficult to do) or the good 'ol fashioned minimal force popping the lock by prying back the door with a wedge could have been done. Either way, I sugguest that the Sheriff's Office look into another way of securing such weapons in ANY vehicle. What concerns me most is the ballistic vest that has gone missing.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Too late, already in the wrong hands. How could this happen? No sign of forced entry!! Key or remote perhaps?

  • 2-8-07_002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    over 4K in all, this really makes me wonder how no one noticed this happen..........

  • Patch_max50


    over 4 years ago


    That is alot of "toys" to lose, not gonna be cheap.

  • Bayou_032_max50


    over 4 years ago


    money is hard to come by these days I hope he recovers his property or it was insured.

  • Img00177_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Hopefully LEO's catch the person(s) responsible for this quickly. The sad part is, the items have probably already been sold or traded for dope.

  • Cars---mater-02_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Hope they catch the perps qiuckly and recover the weapons.

  • Img00074_max50


    over 4 years ago


    A lot of strange things going on in the FL LE community right now. Hope this one gets resolved quick and those weapons get back into the right hands.

  • Images_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sounds fishy to me, but hopefully it ends well.

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Very strange.

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