AR-15 semi-automatic rifle stolen from San Francisco police

March 3, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
San Francisco police are on alert after one of their weapons was stolen. It's serious business when any police weapon is stolen or unaccounted for, but this is an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. In the wrong hands, they say it could be big trouble.

A number of SFPD patrol units are assigned AR-15's along with shotguns. ABC7 News has learned that an unmarked squad car was broken into recently and that one of the rifles was taken.

Police are not giving specifics about when and where this happened, but a credible source in the department is confirming that an AR-15 was taken from an unmarked squad car.

Every hour on Sunday police issued radio broadcast warnings to officers, telling them to be on the lookout for the AR-15 for their own safety.

Monday Night Update: The AR-15 rifle that was stolen out of an unmarked SFPD vehicle has been recovered.