BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV) – A police officer’s gun, ammunition and badge are in the hands of a criminal after the officer's loaded gun belt was stolen from his car in Belleville over the weekend.
Police are now relying on tips in hopes of recovering the stolen items.
Other cars that were unlocked were burglarized as well.
Most items stolen overnight on Saturday were GPS devices and CDs, but the thief also swiped the duty weapon, badge and handcuffs of an East St. Louis police sergeant. His car was parked in his driveway.
The sergeant's wife says that her husband’s car was locked and jimmied open. But neighbors say his gun should not have been there in the first place, and they feel violated.
"My biggest fear right now is that we have to watch our back, and worry about coming in at night, wondering if someone is following you as you open the garage door,” says resident Laura Heywood. “I don't feel safe anymore when I see that kind of stuff.”
The officer was back on duty as a school resource officer first thing Monday morning. He was issued a new set of equipment.
The East St. Louis police chief has not commented on the incident, nor has he said whether the sergeant will face discipline.
If you have any information on the missing weapon, call Belleville police.