The weapons above, a Remington 870 shotgun and a Bushmaster M4 rifle, are similar to those taken in a theft over the weekend.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Deputies are looking for three men who took guns and other equipment out of sheriff vehicles over the weekend.
On Saturday around 3:45 p.m., the trio entered the Sedgwick County Fleet Maintenance parking compound in the 1000 block of West Stillwell, where county vehicles are serviced. Once inside, they broke into three sheriff vehicles.
First, they broke out the window of a marked patrol unit and took a Bushmaster M4 rifle and a Remington 870 shotgun, similar to the weapons in the photo.
The thieves then broke a window in a transport van and took another shotgun, a sheriff coat and a GPS unit.
The last vehicle they broke into was a command vehicle, where they took a laptop computer, a fire extinguisher and two flashlights.
The facility in question does have security measures in place, but the sheriff's office said last week's storm affected some of those measures.
Sheriff investigators say all vehicles that contain weapons have locking mechanisms to secure them. They went on to say that any lock can be defeated with time and special tools, and that these suspects had both.
Deputies are trying to recover the guns, while reviewing procedures regarding items left in vehicles awaiting service. During the review, all weapons have been removed from those vehicles at the facility.