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3 Handguns, Badge and Credentials Stolen from FBI Vehicle

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    Officials say three handguns, a badge and credentials were stolen Friday from a locked and alarmed FBI vehicle in Benicia. (Published Friday, Jan. 29, 2016)

    Officials say three handguns, a badge and credentials were stolen Friday from a locked and alarmed FBI vehicle in Benicia.

    The Sacramento FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the recovery of the items.

    The items stolen include: 

    • Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun
    • Glock 27 .40 caliber handgun
    • Springfield 1911a .45 caliber handgun
    • FBI badge and credentials
    • Miscellaneous FBI property

    Anyone with information about the stolen items is asked to call the FBI Sacramento field office by calling 916-481-9110.

    Friday's theft comes after BART police this week said riot gear and a uniform was stolen from a storage locker at the transit agency's Concord station.

    The loss, which amounts to $1,000, includes a riot helmet, gas mask, a BART police jacket with patches, uniform pants and a radio battery with a charger, police said.

    Stolen law enforcement weapons and gear is something we've been covering for months. Late last year the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit uncovered just how many guns are stolen from police and then used in other crimes. Sr. Investigative Reporter Stephen Stock obtained lists of guns stolen from law enforcement and discovered this problem is far more extensive than most people realize.

    The Investigative Unit asked for records from every major law enforcement agency in the Bay Area -- local, state and federal.  What we got back revealed this problem of guns being stolen from officers is disturbingly common.

    In total, from all the law enforcement offices that complied with our public records requests, we added up more than 700 law enforcement weapons lost or stolen in the last decade. That includes 53 weapons lost or stolen from FBI agents nationwide in the last three years, 144 weapons from federal ICE agents nationwide, 134 guns from DEA agents nationwide, 35 guns from the California Highway Patrol, 10 guns from San Francisco Police and 324 guns from San Jose Police.

    The experts we talked to say almost every gun stolen from an officer ends up being used in the commission of another crime.

    Read Stephen Stock's original report here.
     

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