Palm Coast, FL – The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office wants the public’s help to find whoever broke into a locked patrol car over the weekend, taking two guns.
A rifle and handgun went missing Saturday night (March 16th) from an FCSO vehicle parked near Beachway Drive in Palm Coast, forcing members of the agency’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit to process the scene.
Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly says the agency also plans to look into why built-in security features designed to prevent something like this from happening didn’t work as expected.
“We are working diligently to determine why the security systems failed and following all leads to identify the suspect,” Staly added. “This was a bold crime and, to the thief, I say this: we are coming after you.”
FCSO’s Domestic Homeland Security Section is also working with state and federal authorities to track down the guns and the suspects, while the Sheriff’s Loss Control Review Board will also review the matter for possible policy compliance failures.
The agency’s patrol vehicles come standard with firearm locks and a security system, according to an FCSO press release sent earlier today. All FCSO deputies are also expected to keep their weapons secured at all times, whether they’re on the clock or not.
FCSO is asking anyone with information to call 386-313-4911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who wish to stay anonymous and possibly qualify for a $5,000 cash reward can go through Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS (8477).