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It would appear the trend to smash into police vehicles to get weapons has reached New England. We have seen reports from Florida and elsewhere indicating to me this trend is on the increase. This report comes from St. Johnsbury, VT.

Sgt. Sean Selby's job as a patrol commander at the State Police barracks in St. Johnsbury is to serve and protect Vermont residents, and help victims of crime.
But this weekend-- the state trooper himself was victimized.
"Smashed out the window. Nothing else was touched. It appears they were after that weapon," said Selby.
Selby's police cruiser was parked in the driveway of his Brighton home. Inside the locked car was a shot gun and a semi-automatic M-16 patrol rifle.
"We're very concerned about whose hands this weapon could end up in," said Selby.
The gun thief or thieves left a shotgun and other items. But made off with the M-16 and several hundred rounds of ammunition. Police fear the perpetrator has ill-intentions.
"It was the rifle that concerns me the most because of the damage and what can be done with something like that," said Selby.
Vermont State police acquired the weapons in the late 1990s through a federal military surplus program. 40 specially trained troopers carry the M-16s for fast response against heavily-armed criminals like Carl Drega. Drega killed four people-- including two police offers-- during a murderous rampage in northern Vermont and New Hampshire.
Selby was on the scene that day. He got his M-16 shortly after.
"It's meant for law enforcement," said Selby.
And State Police want it back.
They're beefing up check points and patrols and devoting extra resources to find it, especially since the suspect was so brazen.
"Someone who would make a bad choice to break into a cruiser causes a lot of concern for us," said Vt. State Police Maj. John Filipek. "No stone unturned in the area and state, we will pull everything we got to find this weapon and we are taking this very seriously and someone has made a bad choice."
"It could be a very dangerous weapon in the wrong hands," warned Selby.
Selby did not violate any state police policy by keeping the M-16 inside his cruiser, it's common practice by law enforcement. Authorities say they need to be ready at a moment's notice to respond to a crime scene and having their weapons ready is crucial. But the major says they will be reviewing that policy in light of this incident.
This is the first time in more than a decade where a state police cruiser was broken into and a weapon stolen.
State police cruisers are not equipped with alarms. And there is not currently any money budgeted to pay for alarms to be installed.


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Couldnt the Police Depts that have these type of weapons have a gps type of system installed somewhere in the stock for this type of occasion. If compters,ipods,cars,computers can do it I would think it could be done, but Im not sure.....

The article does't say if the weapon was in some kind of gun lock lock system. They should be secured better than just locked in the car.
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