Authorities are still attempting to locate the person who stole a duffel bag out of an off-duty police officer’s personal truck. The theft is particularly troubling, as the bag contained a .45-caliber handgun and a full police uniform, complete with a badge, for the Minneapolis Police Department. The officer reported that there were three bullets loaded in the gun, as well as almost 40 more rounds of ammo. The thieves also took a set of keys that could unlock doors at the MPD’s 3rd Precinct, in addition to some other police documents. The incident occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 26, while the officer’s truck was parked at a Walgreens in St. Paul.
Police believe that a Minneapolis street gang known as the Baby 10s may now be in possession of the uniform and the gun. Police ascertained this information when they stopped a car that was believed to have been stolen in Hopkins one day earlier. Police arrested the 17-year-old driver and noticed that the car contained documents that were stolen from the officer’s truck. The arrest happened at the intersection of 21st Street and 10th Avenue. Both the boy who was arrested and his brother, age 15, are thought to be gang members.
Police executed a search warrant at the teen’s home. They did not find the uniform, ammunition or gun there, however. While he was in police custody, the boy admitted that he was driving a stolen car but refused to talk about any involvement with the robbery of the officer’s truck.
No matter how the situation may look from the outside, it’s important to remember that the teen may not necessarily be involved with the theft. Simply being suspected of participating in a gang does not prove guilt, even if the boy was caught driving a stolen vehicle. It’s yet to be determined if any charges will be filed against the teen.
Source: minnesota.cbslocal.com, “Police Uniform, Gun Stolen From Off-Duty Mpls. Cop’s Truck” Bill Hudson, Dec. 13, 2013