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Sources: Buffalo police officer suspended after gun, rifles, ammunition stolen from personal vehicle

One gun recovered, others still missing
Posted at 2:32 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 18:59:39-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Buffalo police officer is suspended without pay after a department-issued gun, personal rifles, ammunition and other weapons were stolen from his personal truck, sources tell 7 Eyewitness News reporter Hannah Buehler.

In total, sources say three guns were taken — two were the officer’s personal rifles, along with one department-issued handgun. A gun belt with pepper spray and additional ammunition were also taken.

A police report says the incident happened sometime on August 13 or 14 between 11:00 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.

According to the report, the guns were stolen from a Dodge Ram parked on Glor Street in Buffalo’s Riverside neighborhood. The truck had no damage, so it is unclear if it was broken into or locked at the time.

Sources say it is also unclear if the officer was “home early” from work or scheduled to be on duty at the time of the incident.

The officer has been on the force since January 2017 and works in B District. A source says the officer is suspended for not properly securing his department handgun. Department policy states the officers can take their weapons home but they must be secured and locked.

The Buffalo Police Department says it is “aware of the incident.” A department spokesperson says one of the officer’s personal rifles has been recovered, but the department handgun as well as the other rifle and gun belt with ammunition are still missing.