M16 rifle, body armor taken from unmarked CPD officer’s vehicle

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — An unmarked Columbus Division of Police vehicle was broken into Wednesday night and multiples items were taken, including a rifle, handgun and body armor, according to deputies.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Deputies say they were called to the 4200 block of West Broad Street on the report of a break-in of an unmarked Columbus police vehicle. Deputies said the officer was on-duty and eating inside of a nearby restaurant.

Among the items reported stolen are a M16 rifle, two ballistic vests and a handgun.

Carolyn Fellows comes to the York Steakhouse often.

She was upset when she heard the news that two men broke into an undercover Columbus Police officer’s car while he was on duty and grabbing a bite to eat inside of York steakhouse.

“I mean you’ve just given that to probably a stranger that’s gonna go  be killing people,” said Fellows.

“Why would you keep so much of that stuff in your car and go in here; (when) anywhere. You don’t keep that stuff if you’re an undercover cop. You hide it or you take it to be secure before you go in and eat .”

Security video shows the suspects arrive in an early 2000s gold Chevy S10 (standard cab) pickup truck with a black bumper and damage on the passenger front quarter panel.

According to a Columbus Division of Police spokesperson, they will be also conducting an administrative investigation.

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