Doesn't matter that it was an LEO, this is just a good reminder to everybody that they should always take their firearms inside from the vehicle everyday. My dad had a Beretta 92 stolen out of his truck about eight years ago, it was under the seat at his business. I have been guilty myself of "forgetting" my truck gun in the glove box on several occasions. I had to go back outside to get my .45 out of the truck earlier after I had been inside for a few minutes so this caught my interest. (I had been at a poker game earlier so I wasn't wearing it).
The quote below in red was just funny because it came from some looney college student
Gun, Other Gear Stolen From Bloomington PD Officer's Car
Jan 30, 2006, 04:56 PM EST
A case of theft hit close to home for Bloomington police after guns and other gear were stolen from a police officer's car.
Bloomington police are passing around copies of a photograph showing the kinds of equipment someone grabbed from an officer's car.
"Really, I think it should bother everybody. It gives someone a definite advantage with a gun, radio, handcuffs and a badge," said Gene Perkins, Bloomington resident.
The thief also made off with an ammunition clip. Department officials say they let officers take gear home so they can continue their police work. But this incident has left some Bloomington residents worried that police officers are getting careless.
"I think it's just dangerous for people to have guns like that in the possession of police on the street to start with," said Staci Leavitt, university student.
"We currently have policy that requires officers to take care of department equipment and take due care and regard in that respect," said Captain Joe Qualters, Bloomington PD.
Police say the officer noticed the equipment, along with some personal items, stolen from the car as it sat in his driveway at home.
The items were taken from the officer's personal vehicle. Police say there wasn't anything to indicate to the neighbors that he was involved in law enforcement.
"It's conceivable that he may have been targeted. He recently moved to that area. The word may have been spread that this particular officer had just moved to that neighborhood," said Capt. Qualters.
Someone stole two guns and other gear from an Indiana state trooper's car earlier this month. That thief struck the trooper's personal SUV on the Indianapolis west side, and took an M-4 semi-automatic rifle, along with a Beretta pistol. Investigators recovered the rifle and a bulletproof vest in Benton County a week later.
The Bloomington Police Department is still looking for the equipment stolen from its officer's car. Bloomington police are asking anyone who has any information to call 812-339-4477.
"Why don't you just go to the hose and drink some water like the dog you are"