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Lawrence police warning public about stolen police badges, possible live hand grenade

LAWRENCE, Ind. -- Police are currently searching for two burglary suspects they say stole weapons, ammunition and potentially a live hand grenade from a former law enforcement officer’s home on the Northeast side.

Friday night, officers with the Lawrence Police Department responded to reports of a house being burglarized around 11:30 p.m.

Police say that the home, near East 46th Street and North Shadeland Avenue, belongs to a retired Marion County sheriff deputy. The homeowner is also a war veteran.

According to the victim's family, multiple shotguns, ammunition, an antique black powder rifle and a potentially live hand grenade were stolen.

Police were able to recover some of the ammunition at the scene.

HOW TO STAY SAFE:

Police are warning that this hand grenade should be treated as a live device.

"We just want people to know those have the tendency to deteriorate over time and become very volatile and in untrained hands, it is inherently dangerous," said Lawrence Police spokesman Gary Woodruff.

Also stolen from the home were a serveal local police badges, including a Marion County Sheriff's badge, a Southport Police badge and a Whitestown Police badge.

Lawrence Police want to remind citizens that all active law enforcement officers are required to provide photo identification along with a badge.

If you have any doubts about a law enforcement officer's credentials, you can always call their law enforcement agency and request a uniformed, active-duty officer to come to your location.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

If you know anything about this crime, or if anyone tries to sell the potentially live hand grenade, weapons or law enforcement badges, contact police immediately. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.