A burglar broke into the vehicle of an off-duty San Francisco sheriffs deputy outside a gym in Pinole and stole a personal firearm hidden inside last week, officials said Wednesday.
The suspect smashed the deputy’s window around 7:30 a.m. in front of Anytime Fitness at 1477 Fitzgerald Dr. in Pinole on June 14 and stole a 9mm Glock 17 and 4 magazines. The weapon was stored in a bag under the deputy’s backseat, according to San Francisco Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Nancy Crowley.
The suspect was arrested the same day, but the pistol and magazines were not recovered. Pinole police were not available for comment.
Although this case involved the deputy’s personal firearm, this isn’t the first time a San Francisco law enforcement officer has lost a gun to theft.
In July 2015 a federal ranger’s firearm was stolen from a vehicle in San Francisco and used by an undocumented immigrant in the high-profile killing of Kate Steinle, which has remained a flash-point in the national conversation on illegal immigration.
That same year, San Francisco passed an ordinance requiring drivers to place unattended firearms in a lock-box inside the vehicle. Law enforcement agencies, however, were exempted from the ordinance after a San Francisco Board of Supervisors vote.
After the vote, in August 2017, a personal firearm was stolen from a veteran San Francisco police officer’s car and used to kill a man days later during a robbery.
The sheriff’s department has not released the name of the deputy and is investigating the theft, Crowley said.