Lawmaker Seeks Answers After Guns, Ammo Stolen from San Mateo Co. Sergeant's Car in San Francisco

November 05, 2017

ABC 7 News | KGO
By Cornell Barnard

There's outrage from lawmakers as police search for a shotgun, rifle, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition that were stolen on Friday night from a San Mateo County Sheriff sergeant's unmarked car parked in San Francisco.

An all-points bulletin was issued Saturday for the items stolen the night before from the car parked on Jones Street near Market Street in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood. San Francisco police confirm a 12- gauge shotgun and an automatic rifle were taken, along with 500 rounds of loose ammunition.

Sheriff's officials won't say if the sergeant was on duty or where in the vehicle the weapons and ammunition were being stored.

A bulletproof vest and a jacket with FBI written on the back were also stolen.

The San Francisco FBI confirms the sergeant serves on its joint terrorism task force, though the stolen weapons and ammo were not issued by the FBI.

The theft is one of six in the Bay Area since 2016.

The weapon used to kill 32-year-old Kate Steinle on Pier14 was stolen from a Bureau of Land management ranger's car in San Francisco.

State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is flabbergasted. He passed legislation in 2016, requiring both citizens and police officers to store and secure handguns in cars.

"You can't legislate common sense. Law enforcement officials are not getting it. You have to secure these weapons, we need to do something to make this happen," said Hill.