UPDATE: Moore County Crime Stoppers is increasing the reward for information about a stolen Dumas police rifle and vest.
An AR-15 and a police vest were stolen from an officer's patrol car earlier this week.
Crime Stoppers is now offering a $5,000 reward for information. You can call Crime Stoppers at 806-922-5477.
DUMAS, TX (KFDA) - Dumas police are launching an investigation to recover stolen police equipment.
Earlier this week, someone broke into an officer's patrol car and stole an AR-15 and a police vest. Dumas police are now asking for your help to find these items and the person who stole them.
"When any kind of that equipment falls into the wrong hands, there is always a propensity for it to be used the wrong way and we sure don't want that to happen," said Sgt. Nick Jordan. "We are working as hard as we can to find it just like we would anyone else's."
Both items were stolen from a police car late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. Sgt. Jordan said there was no sign of a break-in, so they don't know if the car was left unlocked or if someone used specialty equipment to get inside. "It's not likely that it was left unlocked. It's more probable that they had some kind of locksmith skills or it's possible they defeated the keyless entry system somehow."
There are no suspects at this time, but Sgt. Jordan said there are a few leads. "We have several leads we are following up on and we've assigned additional personnel to just specifically work this case."
If you have any information that could lead to the recovery of these stolen items, you are urged to call Moore County Crime Stoppers at 806-922-5477.
Officers are handling both stolen items as separate cases, so instead of earning a $1,000 reward you could earn $2,000 if your tips lead to a recovery.