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Someone stole a rifle from a Garner officer’s patrol car. Police want it back.

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Someone smashed the rear window of a Garner police officer’s patrol car this week and stole a rifle from a locked gun rack, the department said.

No arrests have been made in the case. Garner police are investigating with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators think the break-in happened sometime between late Monday and early Tuesday morning, according to a news release from Garner police. The patrol car was parked in the driveway of an off-duty officer’s home in Johnston County.

Police are trying to find the thief, and they also want to find out the person managed to dislodge the patrol rifle from a locked gun rack.

“We have taken steps in the meantime to make sure officer’s weapons remain secure while officers are off-duty,” Garner Police Chief Brandon Zuidema said in the release.

Police are urging anyone with information about the case to contact the Garner Police Department at 919-772-8810 or the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office at 919-989-5010.

Thomasi McDonald is a veteran journalist who writes about crime and public safety issues.


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