LELAND – The Wilmington Police Department is asking for the public’s help by offering a $5,000 reward for information regarding a car break in that resulted in the theft of police issued equipment including a gun, ammunition and a bullet proof vest.
The break in occurred in Leland over the weekend at the officer’s home, according to a press release.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is leading the investigation.
Officials say this car break-in was one of several to happen over the weekend in Leland.
“Our investigators are working closely with ATF and the Leland Police Department to find the individuals responsible for this theft and to recover the weapon and equipment that were stolen,” Chief Ralph Evangelous said. “If anyone has any information about this crime we encourage you to use Text-a-Tip or Crimestoppers.”
Residents can reach Crimestoppers by calling 910-763-3888. Callers identity is completely anonymous. Callers can also call the Leland Police Department with information.
“WPD is also conducting an internal investigation to determine if the officer secured the weapon and equipment properly. No other weapons were stolen from our inventory. No personnel action has been taken since this incident happened. No further comment at this time,” Linda Thompson communications officer said.
The theft of firearms from vehicles has been a topic of discussion among police leaders after 31 guns were stolen from vehicles over the summer. The thefts drew strong rebukes for the gun owners from Evangelous.
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