GREENFIELD, Ind. – Police in Indianapolis arrested two people accused of stealing a Greenfield officer’s patrol rifle.
According to the Greenfield Police Department, someone broke into an officer’s marked patrol car while it was parked outside the officer’s home in the overnight hours Monday.
Police say the suspects, 18-year-olds Antoine Christie and Brendan Bodie, stole the rifle and a 30 round magazine.
Greenfield Police Department Chief Jeff Rasche said they believe the car was unlocked because there were no signs of broken windows or other forced entry. Normally, officer weapons are secured inside the car. Rasche said they believe that equipment failed and allowed the rifle to be taken by the suspects.
"It’s a very difficult situation for us to face," Rasche said. "We’re going to claim responsibility for some part of that weapon being out on the street. Quite honestly, it made me sick to my stomach when it happened. So, we are going to take measures to prevent that from happening again."
The theft from the officer's car was just one of 13 car break-in reports police received Monday. The incidents mostly happened in the Liberty Shores neighborhood.
"They’re pretty brazen for one thing," said resident Paul Neal about the suspects targeting a cop car. "Anytime you leave a vehicle unlocked, especially with a weapon in it, it's not good."
The rifle was recovered by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department on Monday night. Officers arrested Christie and Bodie for carrying a handgun without a license when they were called to check on a suspicious vehicle at an abandoned residence on Edgebrooke Court.
Police impounded their car, and while taking an inventory of its contents, they found the stolen rifle as well as other items that may be related to other thefts from vehicles in Greenfield.
The Greenfield Police Department said they are checking their entire fleet to make sure the equipment used to secure guns works properly. Rasche said they are convening a review board later this week to go over the entire incident and determine what additional action is necessary.
The investigation is ongoing.