ROCK HILL — Someone stole a stun gun, handcuffs, bullet proof vest and gun magazines from an Rock Hill investigator's unmarked patrol car Monday during lunch.
After eating at Amber Buffet on Dave Lyle Boulevard, the investigator returned to the car and noticed a green carrier missing. The carrier contained the weapons, handcuffs and vest, along with a flashlight, according to a Rock Hill Police report.
Police encourage officers to keep their vehicles locked at all times, Executive Officer Mark Bollinger said.
The officer maintains that his car was locked, although a forensic unit did not find any signs of forced entry into the vehicle.
"It wouldn't be the first time" someone has broken into a car without police seeing any signs of forced entry, he said, adding that thieves are able to get around.
Police will submit their equipment losses to the city's risk management department, which will check with the city's insurance provider to see if the equipment can be recouped without costing taxpayers.
The total value of items stolen is $2,105.
Two more vehicle break-ins were also reported this week at other businesses just off Interstate 77.
Someone punched the lock of a 49-year-old Rock Hill man's Ford F-250 in the parking lot of PetSmart between 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The thief took an iPhone and his mother's purse, according to another police report. Police discovered the mother's debit card was used at Murphy's USA gas station at 10:52 a.m.
Also, a 60-year-old Rock Hill man said someone tried to break into his Ford F-350 between 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at the new Sam's Club near the Rock Hill Galleria. Security video footage shows an unknown man trying to pull the lock from the driver's door, but he was unsuccessful, according to a third police report.