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Vehicle Burglary May Have Led to Theft of Federal Agent’s Firearm

UPDATE: 6/15/2017, 9:53 A.M. – Public Affairs Officer Tammy Spicer of U.S. Homeland Security says, “right now the Tampa area US Immigration and Customs Enforcement teams don’t have any weapons reported stolen.”

BROOKSVILLE – The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a vehicle burglary on Oak Crest Circle that may have resulted in the theft of a Federal Agent’s Firearm.

There aren’t many details at this time but sources a .40 cal. handgun believed to be the property of Homeland Security Agent or U.S. Marshal was stolen from a vehicle sometime last night or this morning.

The Sheriff’s Office could not elaborate on details of the case, due to the active investigation.

A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security is looking into the incident and may have information on the case by Thursday morning. The U.S. Marshal Service has not returned our calls.

We will bring more on this story as it develops.

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  • I live in Orlando an its become a thing to steal guns or rifles from leos . so much that lake and orange are making it mandatory for officers to bring them in at night. So to all of you saying they should just leave them in their vehicles they soon wont have that option

    Saturday, 17 June 2017, 8:07 pm
  • would this even be a conversation if it was stolen from his house??? Locked is locked. if he left it on the hood then we have something but it was locked and I would be it was no in clear view. And the update said no missing gun.

    Friday, 16 June 2017, 2:33 pm
    • jelly bean,


      Friday, 16 June 2017, 3:25 pm

    Thursday, 15 June 2017, 11:51 am
      It’s odd to me people will claim they didn’t say what they said when it is in print and can’t be denied. What you said was, and I quote verbatim, ” They(guns) should always be unloaded, secured with gun locks or in a safe inside a structure. ”
      Yes. A gun in the car is no good when a person is in the home. You are making the foolish assumption a LEO would only have one gun and to be protected in the home would have to be toting it from the car to home and back and forth to be protected in both places. Making extra trips his whole life to retrieve it when carrying other things from the car when ones hands are full. That’s silliness. LEOs are gun people. There MAY be one SOMEWHERE who only has one gun, but that person would be difficult to find.
      Hand guns are too inexpensive a tool not to, for ones’ own convenience, have an extra one in the car if that’s where you want one so a person doesn’t have to spend 60 years of their adult life toting one back and forth from a car.
      If you have a gun in the home it should be loaded and easily available or it’s useless for the purpose of having it and children should be disciplined not to touch it unless defending the home with it.
      Frankly, you don’t seem to have the slightest clue of what the purpose of having a hand gun happens to be. Locked up/away it is useless for the intended purpose of having it in the first place. You sound more like a dumb gun owner rather than a responsible one, if a gun owner at all.

      Thursday, 15 June 2017, 11:30 pm
  • DUMB if true. this dummy needs a new job, totally unbelievable that a LEO of some sort would do this. What about this gun turning up as a murder weapon than this stupid sh*t should be charged

    Thursday, 15 June 2017, 4:16 am
  • very small community area off the long road Gloucester. nicer homes. mostly wooded around. some one targeted his vehicle. not much traffic in and out. some of those homes have cameras. doubt it was random. as an officer you should know better. theres too many dirtbags out there.

    Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 9:57 pm
  • Of all people he should know not to leave the weapon in the vehicle can anyone one say stupid

    Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 9:47 pm
  • Any idiot who is stupid enough to leave a weapon in a vehicle,locked or not,has no right to be depended on to protect any life. Period. Hope this idiot gets fired. But this happened in good ole boy b-ville,so,doubtful.

    Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 8:48 pm
    • Many of the people in Brooksville might be suspicious you were not very bright for not having the ability to defend yourself when in the car. Not to bright either if having to tote it back and forth every time using the car to have it in the car.

      Thursday, 15 June 2017, 5:27 am
      • if you cant take the responsibility of owning a firearm than maybe the person should not own one. were not talking heavy machinery here. its called concealed carry. its not difficult or complicated unless youre lugging around a desert eagle. ive been doing it for a long time. the day i think this is this is too hard is the day i say im not caring enough for others safety including my own. theres no excuse for excuses when it comes to firearms safety.

        Thursday, 15 June 2017, 1:30 pm
        • Hand guns are too inexpensive to spend 60 years of an adult life toting them back and forth from a car, going back to do it when hands were full carrying something else, not to have one permanently in a car if that’s where you want one for your protection and your wife’s when you aren’t with her.
          Not everyone wants to conceal carry and the inconveniences associated with it. There are places one can’t go with a firearm and it has to be left in a locked car if that’s what you are insinuating is not taking responsibility of owning a firearm.
          Only thing society is owed is that the car is locked.

          Thursday, 15 June 2017, 11:41 pm
  • Can you say MEGA STUPID & MEGA IRRESPONSIBLE????? I will for sure. You NEVER,NEVER, NEVER LEAVE FIREARMS IN VEHICLES!!!!!! If you are homeland security GOD HELP US ALL. As a civilian owning guns I would not leave any gun in a vehicle. They should always be unloaded, secured with gun locks or in a safe inside a structure. I hope this person is severely disciplined by his superiors.

    Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 6:30 pm
    • Can U say ” SH!T CAN!”

      Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 7:38 pm
    • Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
      An unloaded, secured gun with gun locks or in a safe inside a home is about as useless as boobs on a boar, if it is needed quickly. Which needing quickly is one of the main purposes of having a hand gun and why they exist.
      Not having a loaded gun easily available when one might need it is a lot like having a lamp with which to defend oneself.
      So, you’re saying if one wants to be armed when in their car, as many LEOs are required to be whether on duty or not, but out in public, then they have to be toting that gun in and out of that safe, securing and un-securing it with gun locks, loading and unloading it, then back and forth to the car every time they use the car.
      Seems like a more reasonable way to spend one’s life other than the constant dealing with all those steps to have that gun available for a reason one would have a gun, would be to spend a few hundred dollars and have a gun where a person might need it so they wouldn’t have to spend their precious life dealing with all those steps all the time.
      As a civilian owning guns I’d never take the car gun out of the car. ESPECIALLY if I was a LEO. Never know when you might need one.

      Thursday, 15 June 2017, 5:18 am
    • Do you carry? If so, what do you do with your gun when you go into a post office or government building? How about the airport? Do you illegally carry it with you? It’s apparent you don’t carry, because if you did, you’d realize how stupid your comments really are.

      Thursday, 15 June 2017, 6:36 am
      • couldnt agree with you more. people dont think. people like this are the reasons electric devices plugged in have big warning labels about showering bathing or swimming with said item.. its obvious common sense isnt common.

        Thursday, 15 June 2017, 1:23 pm
  • I fail to understand WHY, especially a LEO, anyone would leave such a thing in their vehicle visible or not. Locked or unlocked is irrelevant. Thieves are getting in so best not to leave them something to find. SMH

    Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 6:13 pm
    • How many guns do you think cops carry? Well, usually just one, but there is usually at least one more in their vehicle. They don’t carry that, and it may be locked in their trunk, or even inside their car. But that gun will stay in their car when they go into a business or private residence to do an investigation, into a restaurant for a cup of coffee, or even at the courthouse to testify. If you can’t understand why or how this could happen, you haven’t put any thought into it. People are not allowed to carry their guns into federal buildings, airports, and certain other venues. So if they are carrying weapons, as thousands in this state do, they have to leave that gun in the vehicle. It’s a real pain to take it off everytime you go to the post office, but that’s the law. There are numerous reasons to leave a gun in a car, some of them dictated by stupid laws. Seriously, why do you have to take it off to go into the post office?

      Thursday, 15 June 2017, 6:43 am
      • I can understand the inconvenience to a LEO during duty hours or waking hours in general. But if one is home with no plans to go out again for the night or home and going to sleep for the next 5-8 hours, why leave it in the vehicle? See what happened? Now where is this LEO’s protection? Would he leave his canine (also his protection) in his vehicle during this same time period? I think not. Same principle.

        Thursday, 15 June 2017, 9:50 am
        • Becca,
          He would leave it in the vehicle for his convenience. So he wouldn’t have to tote it back and forth every time he wanted to use his car and wanted the gun in it. Have to go back for it every time his arms were full of groceries or something else. Perhaps so his wife would have protection when she was alone in the car.
          It’s not like he wouldn’t have another gun in his home for protection there.
          Not the same as his canine at all.

          Thursday, 15 June 2017, 7:22 pm
          • Everyone has their own opinion and perspective. While I respect yours, I stand by mine. ?

            Thursday, 15 June 2017, 7:34 pm
          • Your reply very specifically insinuated he only had one when you said, and I quote you verbatim,
            ” But if one is home with no plans to go out again for the night or home and going to sleep for the next 5-8 hours, why leave it in the vehicle? See what happened? Now where is this LEO’s protection? “

            Friday, 16 June 2017, 3:22 pm
            • That in no way states or implies he has only one. If he has 10 in the house, why leave ONE in his vehicle at risk? Please stop trying to put words in my mouth that I didn’t intend to say. What is your point?

              Friday, 16 June 2017, 6:15 pm
          • Becca,

            Ha Ha Ha ha Ha

            Your statement, ” Now where is this LEO’s protection? “, after you thought his gun might have been stolen from his car DOES INSINUATE you thought it would have left him unarmed, whether you are big enough to admit it now or not.
            Denying your words is only you denying your words.
            Nobody is putting words in your mouth.
            It’s exactly and precisely what YOU SAID.

            Saturday, 17 June 2017, 8:40 am
            • I swear there is something wrong with you. It means his protection while he is in his vehicle. He gets in his vehicle assuming his protection is with him.

              Only I can tell you what I meant. Styou are reading into my words something I didn’t say, didn’t imply, didn’t insinuate, didn’t mean.

              Are you, in fact, the officer at fault? And I DO MEAN AT FAULT in case my words confuse you.

              Although subsequent reports indicate/imply/insinuate there was no firearm in the vehicle so technically the officer was not at fault and bears no responsibility.

              Now please stop. I won’t try to make you understand anymore. I give up.

              Saturday, 17 June 2017, 11:14 am
          • Becca,
            If a vehicle was burglarized the owner with a gun in it would know to see if it was missing and replace it was if he/she wanted one in it..
            Your, ” But if one is home with no plans to go out again for the night or home and going to sleep for the next 5-8 hours, why leave it in the vehicle? See what happened? Now where is this LEO’s protection? ”
            means what it says and indicates exactly what you meant whether you will admit it now or not.

            Sunday, 18 June 2017, 1:37 am
      • Of course.

        Thursday, 15 June 2017, 10:21 am
        • Becca.
          From what you said, your opinion seems to be that he only would own one gun and not taking it out of the car would leave him unprotected in his home.
          You may stand buy your opinion that he only would have one, but the opinion a LEO would only have one is pretty good evidence you don’t know much about LEOs.
          That he didn’t take it into his home is pretty strong evidence he had at least one in the home.

          Thursday, 15 June 2017, 11:50 pm
          • WeekiWacheeMax: My opinion never stated or implied that he only has one. Why are we debating this? Let it go.

            Friday, 16 June 2017, 1:45 am

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