What do you want first, the good news or the bad news? The good news is that a gun stolen from the parked car of an FBI agent was recovered Tuesday. The bad news is that just a few hours later, three more guns were stolen from yet another vehicle parked in San Francisco...so all in all, we're still two guns behind.
You already know that an out-of-town FBI agent left his personal Glock in his parked vehicle near Alamo Square Sunday. When he returned to his car, the gun, as well as his FBI ID and credentials had been stolen, as happens oh-so-frequently in our fair city.
According to CBS 5, in this case the Fed had left his firearm "in a backpack in the front seat of car, which is against FBI protocol."
They also report that he was visiting from Oklahoma City, and was here "to watch the Warriors-Thunder playoff game." (So guess he had two reasons to be bummed out on Sunday.)
But unlike most San Francisco car break-ins, this time the alleged thief was tracked down and the gun retrieved. According to a press release from the FBI, surveillance footage from the scene of the theft led investigators to a residence at Keith Street and Thomas Avenue (according to NBC Bay Area, the exact address was 1832 Keith Street). By 11 a.m. yesterday, a SWAT team was serving a federal search warrant at the home. A hour later, a suspect had been taken into federal custody, and the gun was retrieved. The FBI agent's ID and credentials were not found during the search, and remain missing.
A call to the FBI for more information on the suspect and for what penalties the agent might face for leaving an unsecured gun laying around was not returned at publication time. But just a few hours after the Fed's errant gun was pulled off San Francisco's streets, three more firearms went missing, once again stolen from a parked car.
This time, reports KRON 4, the theft went down at Geary Boulevard and Webster Street, at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
The owner (who this time, was not in law enforcement) had the three firearms in a case, KRON reports. According to ABC 7, the guns' owner "had just came back from the shooting range."
Information on the make and model of the guns was not provided by SFPD at publication time, but police did conform that no arrests had been made in the case.
"Auto burglaries are on the rise,” San Francisco Police Department spokesperson Officer Carlos Manfredi told KRON 4.
“I mean, like anything else, if you break into enough cars, eventually you’re going to hit a jackpot and you’re going to grab somebody who has their weapon in the vehicle.”