Weapons Stolen From Police Cars

PUBLISHED: 2:10 AM 10 Feb 2018

Police Cars Targeted In Spree, At Least 7 Weapons Taken With “No Evidence Of Forced Entry”

An AR-15 and a handgun were among the weapons stolen.

Clever criminals walked away with all the gear you might want to have if you were going to impersonate an officer.

Police officers in Arizona’s capital city of Phoenix are guilty of criminal stupidity. Officials are being tight-lipped about how they were caught with their pants down three different times, in two different locations.

Nearly a week went by between each attack suggesting nothing was being done in response. The security mistakes were easily preventable.

Clever criminals, in an area of the city plagued by gang activity, were able to simply walk away with a critical assortment of cop equipment. All the gear you might want to have if you were going to impersonate an officer.

Items the bandits made off with were listed as an AR-15 assault rifle, a taser, an expandable baton, 2 “large” canisters of police-grade pepper spray, a Police-issued Glock handgun and a pocket knife. There is a very good chance that these weapons are now in the hands of El Chapo’s cartel.

“The suspects likely just jumped the fences or block walls around the property and checked for unlocked cars. Whoever is responsible got away with police tactical gear, weapons, and a badge, among other things,” a police spokesman informs.

Police vehicles covered with decals and parked in precinct lots gave several officers a false sense of security. They didn’t bother to lock their doors. There was “no evidence of forced entry.”

According to police officials, the first of two “incidents” occurred at the South Mountain Precinct substation, sometime between 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 18 and 5:00 a.m. the following morning. The substation was hit again in the evening hours on January 25, a week later.

Emboldened by the success of the raids, the full-size Central City Precinct was next targeted. Sometime over the weekend of February 2-4, thieves made another strike.

Phoenix law enforcement officials embarrassed by the lapse “will actively seek solutions to correct protocol breaches.” They didn’t want to state the obvious to reporters that cops will be reminded to lock their cruiser doors. Instead, police didn’t want to talk about specific security details.

“It’s a breach of security. We don’t necessarily like to go into specifics of security, obviously. We do not want to be victimized again.”

The Central City Precinct was specifically mentioned as not being equipped with “surveillance cameras that could have recorded the suspects in action.” Businesses in the area told reporters “that police asked them if they had cameras. None did.”

Sgt. Vince Lewis, speaking for the Department insists “police are reviewing circumstances of the thefts.” Officers, Lewis says, “are responsible for properly securing weapons and other equipment.”

“Officials will determine whether there were policy violations, whether any disciplinary measures are warranted and what security measures could be improved.”

“We are still actively investigating this but the lessons learned here are the lessons that we teach very often. Take it; lock it; conceal it,” Lewis said.

The notoriously vicious MS-13 gang is not even in the same league as the gangsters that Phoenix deals with. “Compared with the Sinaloa cartel’s operations, MS-13 is at the lower, retail end of the drug trade,” explains Douglas Coleman, special agent in charge of the Phoenix Division DEA.

“Here in Arizona, we’re a little bit unique,” Coleman relates. Every day, his crew stares down “the biggest, most violent and nastiest organization, the Sinaloa cartel.” That is the one headed by “El Chapo,” Joaquin Guzman.

A year ago, one Phoenix couple was arrested after buying a .50 caliber sniper rifle acting as go-betweens for the Sinaloas. Gun experts say that weapons like that are not a good thing in cartel hands.

“Basically a round that’s made to go through walls, go through steel, go through almost anything you would consider impenetrable.”

That is exactly what makes it the “preferred weapon” for cartels. “They’d be using it against their own military.” They would also use it against agents acting as “advisers, like the United States of America,” said Anthony Enriquez of BATF.

Even from behind bars, the Sinaloa’s manage to do a huge business in the drug trade. Just last month, an undercover agent in Minnesota “negotiated with an inmate, whose name has not yet been disclosed, to buy 20 pounds of meth for $120,000.”

Two men were arrested in a restaurant parking lot when they made the delivery. As more arrests were made from tips coming out of the investigation, a regular smuggling route was wiped out. One bust involved “the seizure of more than 150 pounds of methamphetamine being driven from Phoenix to Minnesota.”

Federal agents spent more than a year literally tracking footprints through the desert from Mexico into the Tohono O’odham reservation.

From there they began “watching houses in Phoenix, following vehicles in Tempe, seizing cell phones from suspected smugglers at Border Patrol checkpoints and recording phone calls as marijuana shipments were arranged,” court documents confirm.

Once the drugs get to Phoenix, they are distributed coast to coast.

Last summer, two members of the Sinaloas were ordered to drive 10 pounds of fentanyl from Phoenix to Columbus, Ohio but at the last minute, the buyer backed out. Instead, they were re-routed to Gulfport, Mississippi.

When they got there, expecting $244,000 for the drugs and another 8k delivery fee for each of them, they got slapped in handcuffs instead.

A DEA and Gulfport swat team arrested the pair of couriers outside a casino. One was a U.S. citizen but the other “had previously been deported and has prior convictions.”