Maryland State Police say a number of pieces of police tactical gear, including a bulletproof vest, were stolen late last week from a State Police vehicle parked in the driveway of a trooper's home in the Bel Air area.
State Police investigators suspect the theft happened early last Friday morning. A rear window on the trooper's assigned unmarked Ford Excursion SUV was smashed, according to a State Police news release.
The news release did not state where in the Bel Air area the vehicle was parked.
The State Police Criminal Enforcement Division is handling the investigation, Lt. Jim DeCourcey, commander of the Northern Region of the Criminal Enforcement Division, said Monday evening.
The missing equipment includes a green ballistic vest, plus ammunition, a knife and a pry bar that were being stored in the vest, which bears the labels "Trooper" and "STATE Team," which is the acronym for the MSP's tactical team, the Special Tactical Assault Team Element.
No firearms were in the vehicle to be taken, State Police said; however, a green flight suit, which bears Maryland State Police and STATE team patches, and a gas mask were also stolen, according to the news release.
Investigators are searching for a tan or gold Cadillac that had been seen in the neighborhood. The vehicle had a loud exhaust system and Maryland license plates, according to the MSP news release.
Anyone who has information should call the State Police Bel Air Barrack, 410-879-2101; callers can leave information anonymously.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun