Thursday, May 24, 2018
Public safety

St. Petersburg police find guns stolen from detective's trunk

ST. PETERSBURG — Police said they have recovered the guns stolen from a detective's vehicle earlier this week.

The weapons, a Colt AR-15 and .45 Glock handgun, were found in separate locations Tuesday evening, police said. Ammunition for the AR-15 also was found.

Detective Matthew Furse's police radio and two magazines for the Glock, have not been found.

Furse discovered the items — and the car itself — missing early Monday. Soon afterward, someone called police and said there was a car in Lake Maggiore.

It was the police vehicle, an unmarked 2007 Chevy Impala.

Police said the thief broke into Furse's personal vehicle, which contained the keys to the Impala. The guns and equipment were in the trunk.

Police have not made any arrests or disclosed where in the city the missing items were found. The investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile, authorities continue to search for guns and equipment stolen from a Pinellas deputy's unmarked vehicle earlier this month. Officials said someone broke into the deputy's trunk March 11 or 12 and took the items, which also include a silver sheriff's star badge and two credentials.

Anyone with information is asked to call (727) 582-6200.

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