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2 Police Guns Stolen from Cruiser During Break-In at Wyandotte DPS

A police-issued rifle and shotgun were stolen from a police vehicle while the car was in for repairs.

The Wyandotte Police Department is changing its weapons policy after two police-issued guns were stolen recently out of a cruiser.

The car was at the Wyandotte Department of Public Services for routine service when someone broke into the DPS on Oct. 4.

The thief stole a rifle, a shotgun and several ammunition magazines from the police car. Thousands of dollars worth of tools also were stolen from the DPS.

Police Chief Daniel Grant said it’s troubling anytime a gun is in the hands of an unknown person, but said he’s not overly concerned because the stolen guns are the same type of weapons that the general public already has access to.

“Anytime you have a gun on the street and it’s gong to be used for illegal purposes, it’s going to be of concern to law enforcement,” he said. “These guns, however, are the same type of weapons any law-abiding person can purchase on their own. … Had it been semi-automatic weapons or something of that sort, I’d have much more concern.”

Grant said he doesn’t fault the officer for leaving weapons in the vehicle while it was being repaired, but said that won’t happen again.

“The (DPS) building is alarmed and locked up and it’s never been a problem in the past,” he said. “When we take them to an auto dealer, for instance, we make sure there are no weapons in the vehicle. But at the city of Wyandotte site, we felt it was secured. …

“We have changed our policies where anytime a car goes out for service, it will not have firearms on board unless an officer is present and plans to stay with the vehicle.”

The stolen police weapons, which contain some identifiable marks, have been reported to the state and to the National Crime Information Center.

Grant said he expects the person responsible to be charged with several crimes, including breaking and entering, larceny and destruction of police property, which is a felony.

The chief said the investigation is ongoing and should be wrapped up within a couple weeks, at the latest.

“We’ve got a lot done on the case,” he said. “We’ve got more interviews to do and still need to pull certain records. … We’ve got a pretty intensive investigation going on with this one.”

David Justice October 20, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Getting a Wyandotte Officer in trouble in IMPOSSIBLE, of course NO NAME of the idiot officer and of course Chief says no wrong doing but WONT happen again translation PAID vacation for the officer. Trust me Wyandotte PD can do NO WRONG, FireSteveSabo.com shows you what they can get away with over and over and over again. corrupt police covering up for each others mistakes or bad judgements. WTG and they wonder why car salesman have more trust them police officers do today.!!!!!!
sam beausejour October 23, 2012 at 07:18 PM
What would happen if an employee failed to set an alarm that they were responsible for at a private business and it resulted in a multi-thousand dollar theft? They would surely be fired! But not a thing has been done since Oct. 4th. I don't understand it? If I were in that situation discipline would be swift and harsh! W.T.F.
Val Zavala October 24, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Never mind they were police weapons, anytime weapons are stolen there is a chance they could end up back on the streets here in Wyandotte. Shotguns do not require ammunition magazines, but particular types of rifles do! I live here and own properties here. I raised my children here and this where my friends and neighbors live. The prospects of illegal guns on the street is troubling enough, but if dishonesty and malfeasance or criminality is involved the public has a right to know. It looks and sounds like a charade. Let us leave departmental policies governing care and protection of equipment and weapons issue aside a moment and consider how extraordinarily smart the thief was. I mean, what are the odds someone would know the exact date and time to steal something with little regard of being caught? We can say the officer erred by not properly securing the weapon or we can blame it on the alignment of stars and a lucky thief. Which is it?
sam beausejour December 05, 2012 at 10:14 PM
If you have Wyandotte cable, tune into Richard Millers (another opinion). It is informative on this issue. I believe the supervisor who did not set the alarm is responsible for this happening. His negligence is the start at minimum
dude January 28, 2013 at 12:59 AM
@val zavala, some shotguns do require magazines

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