Contra Costa County Sheriff's Lot Hit By Thieves

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) - Federal agents are joining the investigation into the theft of guns from Contra Costa County sheriff's patrol cars in a station parking lot.

Investigators say after thieves cut through the fence of the secured lot in Martinez sometime Monday night or Tuesday morning, they broke into patrol cars and stole the weapons inside.

The Sheriff's Office says three Colt semiautomatic assault rifles and a Remington shotgun were taken.

The thieves badly damaged some of the patrol cars to get guns out of secured harnesses and locks.

The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting with the investigation.

The break-in follows a similar incident last month when thieves stole guns from cars in a California Highway Patrol office about a mile away.
Information from: Contra Costa Times

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