Guns, badge, vest stolen from Sanford police car

- Sanford Police say someone broke into an unmarked police car and stole guns, a police badge, a vest and more.  Now, officers are warning residents to beware of police impersonators.

The car was parked at Rob Sullivan Park on Highbanks Road in DeBary.  Shards of glass remain, after Volusia County sheriff's deputies say someone smashed the back window of the vehicle. According to deputies, Investigator Jonathan Hall was playing softball when the thief got away with his belongings.

"The agency issued firearm was stolen, along with a ballistic vest. The investigators police badge and his personal Remington shot gun," said police spokesperson Bianca Gillett.  She says an internal investigation is taking place. They are trying to find the stolen guns.  "Our policy is, your weapon should be secured. You can have your vehicle, if you're on an on-call status."  

Information of the officer's on-call status was not being released for the time being.  "It's part of the ongoing investigation," Gillett added. 

None of the items have been recovered, and there is no information on a suspect.  Police say they are sending this information out in order to inform the public for the purposes of public safety.

If you know anything about what happened, call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

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