Someone broke into a Monroe Sheriff’s Office squad car parked outside the officer’s Big Pine residence and made off with his assault rifle, two sidearms and tactical gear.
The sheriff’s office issued a lookout alert, hoping someone knows more about the crime, which was reported Tuesday morning by Sgt. Ken Fricke.
Fricke, a member of the agency’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team, said he lost his .40 caliber Glock, which was stored in the center console of his marked patrol car. Along with that, the car burglar took a Colt M4 assault rifle with scope and a second handgun, a .45 caliber Glock, along with ammunition, bullet-resistant vest, helmet, padding and other items.
The M4 is a carbine version of the M16 assault rifle. The U.S. Army is switching to the shorter M4 as its standard issue combat rifle.
The sergeant told officers investigating the burglary that he last saw his handgun on Sunday evening.
Crime scene investigators said they can’t determine how access was gained to the vehicle. Police canvassed the neighborhood to see if anyone saw or heard anything. Sgt. Fricke said he heard his dogs bark between 2 and 2:30 Tuesday morning, but did not get up to investigate.
State law prohibits the release of a law enforcement officer’s home address, so the exact location of the crime is being withheld on police reports made public.
Anyone with information is asked to report it immediately at 305-289-2351. Detective David Brummer is the lead investigator.
Callers who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys toll-free at 800-346-TIPS or submit online at: www.tipsubmit.com