Connecticut State Police Cruiser Broken Into, Semi-Automatic Rifle Stolen

Light on a state police vehicle
NBC Connecticut

A semi-automatic rifle and Connecticut State Police identification patches were among the items stolen from a state police cruiser early on July 4, according to police.

Police said a number of car break-ins were reported in Danielson/Killingly in the early morning hours of July 4. One of the vehicles broken into was a state police vehicle.

According to state police, the following items were taken from the cruiser:

  • Department Issued Bushmaster XM15 Serial Number L247509 (gun unloaded w/no magazines reported missing per statement)
  • Ceramic Plate Carrier with CSP Identification Velcro Patches
  • Raid Jacket
  • Plastic Container with Approximately 70 Rounds of .45 and .223 Cal. Ammo
  • Police Baton and Holder
  • Gas Mask, No Bag
  • Rain Coat
  • Sweater
  • Ike Jacket
  • Gasoline Card
  • Gun Cleaning Kit

No further information was provided by state police about where the car was parked when it was broken into.

The Connecticut State Police Union is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and/or return of the police property.

"The Connecticut State Police Union recognizes the actions of the perpetrator(s) put the safety of the public and our Troopers at risk," the union said in a statement.

The items were stolen from a member of the state police's command staff and not a member of the union, according to the union.

State police said they have a suspect vehicle, a 2018 Audi Q5 with Massachusetts plates 58VW87.

Anyone with information is asked to call Troop D at 860-779-4900.

The union said anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call the union at 860-568-0500 and the information will be forwarded to detectives working the case.

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