BENICIA, Calif. (KTVU) - It happened again. An FBI agent’s guns were stolen from their secured vehicle in Benicia right in front of a house. FBI initially described the vehicle as "locked and alarmed", but had revised their statement.
The stolen items include; a Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun, Glock 27 .40 caliber handgun, Springfield 1911a .45 caliber handgun, as well as other FBI property including an FBI badge and credentials.
The break-in happened on McCall Drive in Benicia early Friday morning, according to authorities.
Authorities are asking residents to check their security cameras for any evidence.
This is the latest in a troubling series of break-ins in which guns belonging to local, state or federal law officers have been stolen from their cars.
The most serious incident has led to the July killing of Kate Steinle at Pier 14 in San Francisco with a gun belonging to a FBI land management ranger.
The gun was allegedly fired by a man who was in the country illegally.
“No officer at all wants to have their gun taken away, you know. Also even to be used in a future crime, I mean, it’s horrendous to think that. I think that’s a guilt that someone has to live with for the rest of their life, so we can take the extra precautions. You know if you can’t take it with you, put it in a locked container. Make sure that it’s secured and that the container is locked and bolted into the vehicle,” said San Francisco Police Officer Carlos Manfredi.
There have been other incidents in August, UC Berkeley Police Chief Margo Bennett had her on-duty gun, badge, diamond ring and electronics taken from her car as she went jogging at Point Isabel Regional Shoreline in Richmond.
Then, just five days later, a Hayward officer assigned to as task force had his gun, four ammunition magazines and other gear taken from a car parked near a Starbucks in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood.
In October, an off-duty CHP officer had a weapon stolen from his car in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood. The gun was later found in the possession of a man who was on probation.
Sacramento FBI has offered up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the stolen property in Benicia.
Anyone with information about the stolen items is asked to call the FBI Sacramento field office by calling 916-481-9110.