San Francisco police are investigating the theft of a shotgun, rifle, ammunition, bullet-proof vest and FBI jacket stolen sometime Friday from the car of a San Mateo County Sheriff’s sergeant who was attending an FBI task force meeting that day in San Francisco.
According to San Francisco police, the burglary of the unmarked car was reported just after 10 p.m. Friday on Jones Street. The police released the information about the theft around noon Sunday.
San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Detective Salvador Zuno on Sunday said when the sergeant returned to his car, which was locked, he found that the car window had been smashed and his equipment was gone.
Sheriff’s office protocol demands that all weapons must be kept “in a secure manner’’ in cars.
A Bay Area News Group investigation published last year found that officers across the Bay Area and state have been losing firearms at an astonishing rate.
As of June 2016, a San Jose Mercury News investigation found that 944 police-issued weapons had been either stolen, lost or couldn’t be accounted for since 2010, often disappearing onto the streets without a trace.