NORMAN — Police are seeking help in recovering two assault rifles and accessories that were stolen from three locked and marked law enforcement vehicles last week.
Capt. Tom Easley said two Norman patrol cars and one Cleveland County sheriff's office cruiser were burglarized in the early hours Wednesday while they were parked in separate locations at the same apartment complex at 12th Avenue SE and State Highway 9. Stolen were two AR-15 assault rifles with attached accessories, a jacket, a Kevlar helmet and a black tactical vest. The rifles are easily identifiable because they have the Norman Police Department patch engraved on the lower receivers, Easley said.
The thief or thieves punched a hole in each vehicle’s window, “just big enough to get a hand through” to unlock the vehicles’ doors, Easley said.
“With safety glass, if you know what you are doing, you don’t have to smash the whole window. And these people seemed to know exactly what they were doing,” he said.
The jacket, helmet and vest were taken from the sheriff’s cruiser, while the assault rifles were taken from the police patrol cars, Easley said.
One rifle was removed from a car trunk. The other rifle was taken from a locked carrier inside the vehicle, Easley said.
The rifles are semi-automatic and are the type that can be purchased over the counter for about $1,500 each, the police captain said.
Anyone with information about these thefts is urged to call the Norman Police Department's Crime Stoppers hotline at 366-7867 or Detective Gary Hopcus at 366-5223. A cash reward may be issued to anyone who provides information that leads to the identification and arrest of a suspect or suspects in the case.