Stolen police car found, gun, uniform gone

Dec. 2, 2009 at 2:40 PM

CORNWALL, Ontario, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- An investigation was under way Wednesday by provincial police in eastern Ontario after an unmarked police car was stolen and a gun was found missing.

The 2005 Chrysler Sebring cruiser was taken from the driveway of an unidentified female Ontario Provincial Police officer's home near Cornwall early Tuesday, the Cornwall Standard Freeholder reported.

The officer, who works in a special unit, said she awoke around 1:30 a.m. and realized someone had broken into the house and stolen the car keys.

The car was found abandoned later in the day, but a lockbox in the trunk containing a .40 caliber Sig Sauer firearm, body armor and an OPP uniform were missing, the report said.

Inspector Dave Springer said while it appears the break-in was random, but serious nonetheless.

"It's a major issue," said Inspector Dave Springer. "We're working very closely with criminal investigators, a forensics unit and Cornwall police."

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