Paging David Shoebridge:
IT started as a clumsy crime spree and ended with a police officer’s powerful handgun in the hands of teenagers. Police believe four teens were randomly targeting unlocked cars parked in a Rydalmere street when they opened the door of one vehicle and hit the jackpot.
It was an unmarked NSW Police vehicle and inside was a detective’s semiautomatic Glock handgun. The Sunday Telegraph can reveal details of the urgent investigation under way to find the gun after the detective accidentally left it in the car overnight last month.
Four mates who went to the same school — three 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old — have been arrested in the past few weeks, but the gun’s whereabouts is still a mystery. The teens’ alleged path of petty crime started on the night of October 9 in affluent northwest Sydney’s suburbia.
A black BMW 740i was pinched from Jezebel St at The Ponds. Inside the car was a Rural Fire Service uniform. That was until they unwittingly came across an unlocked and unmarked police vehicle. Earlier in the night an officer had driven home from work and left his gun, out of view, in the vehicle. The State Crime Command officer learned his weapon had been stolen when he went out to his car about 5.30am the next day.
The detective, with more than 15 years’ experience in the force, is now at the centre of a Professional Standards Command investigation and could face criminal charges for not properly storing his firearm. Within a week the four boys had been charged with various offences. But none have been charged with stealing the gun as it hasn’t been found.
Ava Benny-Morrison is the same journo that called Glocks “Ferrari Guns” a few months ago and has tried her best to downplay the incident in the article.
That’s right after the headline we all saw:
Do you really expect anything else from #FakeNews Inc?
NSW Police still haven’t found the firearm. Much like most of all those other Glocks illegally imported at Sylvania Waters Post Office or the M72LAWs stolen from Holsworthy.
It seems as though Glocks have become the kryptonite of NSW Police.
It will be interesting to see the outcome of the Professional Standards Inquiry as to why the Glock was left in the car unattended. Although an opportunistic crime, it just goes to show that Police aren’t immune to theft and misuse of firearms when it comes to storage.
Looks like the only way to get it back is for Troy Grant to call for another amnesty.