Thieves broke into a Rock Hill police officer’s unmarked patrol car outside his home early Thursday and stole more than $3,000 worth of equipment, including a Taser, pistol, flashlight and handcuffs engraved with his name, authorities said.
Officers responded to Interstate 77 southbound near Exit 79 off Dave Lyle Boulevard at about 7:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a ballistic vest lying in the median, according to a Rock Hill police report. Police found the $1,000 green vest, which apparently had been run over by at least one car and was no longer in usable condition. A label inside the vest indicated that it had been issued by the Rock Hill Police Department.
About 20 minutes later, police went to the officer’s home and learned that his unmarked police Dodge Charger had been broken into, the report states. Police noticed that the front driver side’s lock had been punched. The officer inventoried his car, telling police a $1,000 Taser, a $60 pistol, a $150 flashlight, a $45 set of handcuffs and a $75 wireless lapel microphone were in the vest carrier police found on the road. He also said he stored in his vest a set of $100 handcuffs with his name engraved on them.
From his car, thieves stole a $500 handgun, a $300 iPod Touch and a $50 baseball cap. Police are searching for suspects.