Police look for assault rifle, gear stolen from deputy’s car

By From page A3 | September 08, 2012

FAIRFIELD — Investigators are still looking for an AR-15 assault rifle, four ammunition clips and other police gear stolen from a Solano County sheriff’s deputy’s personal car while parked in the Chevy’s parking lot in Fairfield on the night of Aug. 25.

In addition to the assault rifle, the deputy’s wallet, duty bag, ammunition for the rifle and a riot helmet were taken during the auto burglary that occurred between 9 and 10:30 p.m.

After two weeks, a joint investigation by Fairfield police and the Solano County Sheriff’s Department trying to recover the assault rifle has not resulted in any arrests, authorities said Friday.

The theft of the deputy’s duty weapon prompted a sheriff’s administrator to issue an order barring deputies from taking their assault rifles to their homes after hours until further notice.

“The goal is to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” said Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Gary Faulkner.

Anyone with information about the theft of the assault rifle is asked to call Fairfield police at 428-7300 or Solano Crime Stoppers at 644-STOP (644-7867).

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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