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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).

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