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More Guns Stolen from Law Enforcement Vehicles - By Nuala Sawyer - November 6, 2017 - SF Weekly
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More Guns Stolen from Law Enforcement Vehicles

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 Another gun was stolen from a government employee’s vehicle on Friday — in an incident that now seems to happen every couple months. 

The San Francisco Police Department reported this weekend that a shotgun, rifle, ammunition, a Kevlar vest, and a jacket were all stolen out of a San Mateo County Sheriff sergeant’s unmarked car on Friday. The locked car was parked on Jones Street and was broken into while the sergeant held a meeting with an FBI task force. 

There’s no word yet on whether the firearms and ammunition were secured in a trunk or a locked box — per the new gun control law that went into effect in San Francisco last February.

In September, a San Francisco sheriff’s deputy was fired after his unsecured gun was stolen from a rental car. But in that case, the deputy was less than a year into his role and was technically still on probation. Firing a sergeant for the same reason is most likely trickier. 

As we’ve reported in the past, the easy accessibility of authorities’ guns has wreaked havoc in the Bay Area in the past couple years. The San Francisco Police Department recently identified a gun that was used in the Aug. 15 fatal shooting of 23-year-old Abel Enrique Esquivel Jr. as one that belonged to an officer.

Jose Ines Garcia-Zarate is currently on trial for his involvement in the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Kate Steinle in July 2015. The gun used had been stolen from a U.S. Bureau of Land Management agent’s vehicle.

And in Sept. 2015 in Oakland, 27-year-old Antonio Ramos was shot and killed with a gun that had been stolen from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent’s car weeks earlier. His family is now suing ICE for wrongful death. 

This year San Francisco has seen a 28 percent increase in car break-ins.