SWAT ‘automatic assault rifle’ stolen from New Orleans police car

By David Edwards
Thursday, February 7, 2013 11:19 EDT
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Deputies in Jefferson Parish says that an “automatic assault rifle” and other SWAT gear was stolen from a New Orleans Police Department car over the weekend.

A Wednesday statement from Sheriff’s office spokesperson Col. John Fortunato said that five vehicles were burglarized in the Audubon Oaks subdivision on Sunday morning before the Super Bowl.

“Taken from within this vehicle, was a number of the SWAT officer’s departmental issued gear,” the statement explained. “This included a Colt M4 .223 Cal automatic assault rifle, a Glock .40 Cal semi-automatic handgun, a tactical entry vest along with a number of additional tactical items. All of this equipment was locked inside of the trunk of the aforementioned vehicle according to the NOPD officer.”

The officer “allegedly broke a departmental Performance of Duty rule by leaving his equipment in the trunk of his vehicle,” according to NOPD spokesperson Remi Braden.

The owners of the vehicles said that the cars had been locked, but investigators had found no sign of forced entry.

Colt technical specifications indicated that the M4 Carbine had a rate of fire of 700-900 rounds per minute.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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