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Norman police seek to recover stolen assault rifles, equipment

Thieves took rifles, equipment from three locked law enforcement vehicles in Norman.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: February 25, 2014 at 7:51 pm •  Published: February 25, 2014

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.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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