An FBI agent’s gun was stolen from a car last weekend in San Francisco, marking the continuation of a troubling trend of law enforcement officials losing track of their weapons.
The Alamo Square break-in Sunday was reported to SFPD’s Park Station by the agent.
“An FBI Agent had reported that his vehicle was broken into on Hayes and Pierce streets between the hours of 12:30 to 12:40 p.m.,” according to police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi.
A .40-caliber Glock 27 was stolen along with an identification badge and credentials.
The issue of law enforcement officers securing their guns inside of cars has been a hot topic after a series of such break-ins across The City. In one of the most notable cases, a Bureau of Land Management agent’s gun was taken from his car in the North Beach area, which ultimately ended up in the hands of the man charged with the murder of Kate Steinle on Pier 14 last summer.
Steinle’s family has sued The City as well as the BLM because the agent’s gun was used in the crime.
Prentice Danner, an FBI spokesperson, would not speak about any specific cases, but did say agents are required to secure firearms in vehicles.
“We are aware that that’s been reported,” Danner said of last weekend’s theft. “As a rule, we don’t talk about stolen firearms from agents.” Under their protocols, such incidents are dealt with in conjunction with local police, he said. If negligence is discovered then it is “handled accordingly.”
In another such incident, a San Francisco sheriff’s deputy had a gun and other items burgled from her home in March. Also, in February, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent lost his gun in the Outer Mission. In October 2015, an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer had a gun stolen from their car.
Another gun stolen from a citizen was used by three drifters who have been charged with murder for the alleged killing of a Canadian tourist in Golden Gate Park and a Marin hiker late last year.
The issue has became such a problem that San Francisco passed a law earlier this year that requires gun owners to secure weapons left in cars or face fines.
Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor, spend up to six months in jail and pay a $10,000 fine. But the law exempts local law enforcement if they have policies of their own. The law does not apply to on–duty law enforcement from outside jurisdictions.