Las Vegas, NV — Stealing a gun from a cop sounds quite brazen, but it really is been happening in our valley.
Action News spent months digging up the records with stories of how it happened and located 1 of the victims is a former sheriff himself.
Records show pistols, shotguns, and even a couple AR-15’s are floating around the valley in the hands of criminals when they need to be with the cops they belonged to.
Former Clark County Sheriff Bill Young knows what it really is like to be a victim of crime. “If it can come about to me, it can come about to anybody,” he said.
Young was a Captain with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Division back in 1998 when he left is weapons in his car, only to be ripped off.
“It turns out the burglars knew I was a police officer,” Young mentioned. “I had tiny children back in those days and I didn’t like to bring my guns in the residence at all.”
Even although Young’s guns were locked up in a auto and sitting behind a locked gate, the teens behind the crime were determined to get the goods. “They got every thing in my vehicle. They took two guns, badges, and a lot of other police gear I kept,” Young told Action News.
They did it with 1 objective in mind: “A lot of instances undesirable guys like to make an example of a cop,” Young stated.
Action News obtained the police reports from all 27 burglaries involving stolen Metro Police weapons more than the last 10 years. All of the burglaries occurred in officers’ cars.
“We drive our personal individual autos. We own houses, and we’re as susceptible as any person else to auto burglaries and home burglaries,” said Sgt. John Sheahan of Metro’s Public Information Office.
In one police report, an officer leaves his weapon in the vehicle to play golf at the Las Vegas National Golf Club. He comes back and finds a busted rear window and all his gear gone.
In an additional incident, an officer goes into an Workplace Max on Charleston Boulevard near Rampart, only to return to locate his driver’s side door pried open. That criminal got away with a Glock, a 3-inch blade, tons of magazines, handcuffs, and a taser.
A third report shows that burglar came prepared when he ripped off one more police officer, painting oil on the automobile door handle to erase fingerprints.
“I believe that what the typical citizen can discover is that anyone can be the victim of this, even the police officers that defend you on the street,” Sheahan said.
Sheahan believes the burglaries involved thieves who did not realize they have been truly stealing from police officers, with the exception of two situations where black and white patrol automobiles had been blatantly ransacked.
He also says the best way to make oneself a target is to advertise that you carry. “Folks, do not be stupid and promote the reality that you have got a gun. If they want it, they are gonna get it,” Sheahan said.
It indicates getting an NRA sticker on your truck or a veteran’s license plate is a good indication you happen to be driving around with what criminals want, and it leaves you most at danger in places like libraries, schools, and post offices where you cannot bring your weapon inside.
For circumstances like that, the very best defense is a bolted safe. Sheriff Young learned that lesson the hard way. “They’ll steal anything that’s not bolted down,” he mentioned.
Action News wanted to know if any of the stolen police guns had been employed in the commission of a crime, but Metro Police say they don’t track that data.
They also mentioned the number of stolen police weapons pales in comparison to the quantity of weapons stolen from private citizens over the same time period. The lesson to be learned here it so be intelligent about security.