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Posted at 9:08 AM ET, 07/14/2010

Weapon stolen from Hyattsville police car

By Washington Post editors

A semi-automatic rifle was stolen Sunday from the trunk of a Hyattsville police cruiser along with several loaded magazines, ABC 7 reports.

Police say someone broke into the parked cruiser in the 1500 block of Madison Street in Chillum in an attempt to steal a GPS device. Once in the cruiser, the thief gained access to the trunk where they discovered the weapon. They also took a gas mask.

Police are investigating to see if there was any misconduct by the officer. Officers are not allowed to leave weapons in their vehicles overnight or while they are off duty, according to policy.

In June, someone broke into an unmarked police vehicle parked outside a Montgomery County police officer's home in Brookeville. The thief took a Colt M-4 Rifle, two loaded M-4 magazines, two sets of handcuffs, two Montgomery County Police badges, an ASP baton and two loaded .40-caliber Glock magazines, according to the department.

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 9:08 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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I can't say that I am suprised.... cops [typically] have less than elegant weapons accountability practices..

whatever.. the brass will white-wash this serious infraction ... no one will be fired as a result... and the department will continue with its lax procedures

Posted by: kglkgl06 | July 14, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't there a story last year about a Capitol Police officer who hid his service weapon under his hotel room mattress before going out drinking, as if sticking a gun under a bed were some kind of legitimate way to secure it.

Another example of a sloppily corrupt police culture: very quick to hunt down any outsider who dares "disrespect" them, but utterly unwilling to enforce professional conduct among themselves.

Posted by: kcx7 | July 14, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

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