Rifle stolen out of CHP patrol car

December 16, 2008 12:44:54 PM PST
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the brazen theft of a rifle and ammunition from a patrol car at its offices in Contra Costa County.

The gun was taken from a car parked inside the locked parking lot on Blum Road in Martinez. As many as three cars were broken into. Officers believe someone cut a hole in the fence to get in.

A Colt semi-automatic rifle is missing, along with 120 rounds of ammo.

It happened sometime between 1:30 a.m. Monday and 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. It all happened while officers were working just feet away, inside the building.

"It is staffed 24 hours, 7 days a week. The kind of brashness it takes to do something like that, I can't even imagine. I can't even imagine trying to do something like that," said Ofc. Tom McGuire.

Anyone with information on the theft should call any local highway patrol office.


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