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11-02-09, 07:57 PM #1
Dallas SWAT Has More Gear Stolen - Part of a larger trend?
DPD Once Again the Victim of Theft - News- msnbc.com
DPD Once Again the Victim of Theft
By Frank Heinz
updated 3 minutes ago
The Dallas police are once again looking for thousands of dollars in stolen equipment after an unmarked SWAT vehicle was broken into on Thursday.
Earlier this month, police said someone stole more than 15,000 rounds of ammuntion from a police shooting range in late September.
A raid jacket, police radio and department-issued pistol were stolen July 18 from a Dallas officer's personal car in Red Oak. Just eight days earlier, another officer's assault rifle and 15 magazines of ammunition were stolen from his DeSoto home.
"A lot of police equipment has been taken, not just in Dallas, but throughout the Metroplex," Senior Cpl. Janice Crowther said.
Between March and August, the department reported 15 active cases involving stolen gear.
Former FBI agent Danny Defenbaugh said the seemingly random break-ins may be part of a worrisome nationwide trend.
Last August, law enforcement experts expressed concern that criminals could use the stolen gear to infiltrate high-profile events such as the Super Bowl being held in Arlington in 2011 -- which will likely have police support from several departments.
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11-04-09, 08:31 PM #2Chief Wheaties PisserVerified LEO
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Yes. I have asserted for several years that LE is being targeted for goods that will wind up in criminal hands. both in the US and south of the border.
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