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2 weapons stolen from Franklin County deputy's patrol vehicle

Posted at 3:58 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 15:58:22-05

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith announced in a social media video on Monday, two weapons have been stolen from a Franklin County deputy's patrol vehicle.

According to Sheriff Smith, an AR-15 and a Glock-17 were stolen after the deputy left his patrol vehicle unlocked.

The sheriff asks for the responsible party to call him to return the weapons, and the crime will be forgotten.

"If not, we will do everything in our power to bring you to justice," said Sheriff Smith.

Investigators are currently searching videos captured in the area.

"Make it easy on yourself," Sheriff Smith said. "Probably, this isn't your first time to commit a crime, so if you do have these weapons, call me. Let me know."

A cash reward for information has been offered. Sheriff Smith said the information does not have to lead to a conviction but should help recover the weapons.

"They're probably talking about it," said Sheriff Smith. "There are no secrets in the world of crime."

Smith said the officer responsible for the unlocked vehicle will be dealt with and punished once the investigation is complete and they know why the weapons were not secured in the vehicle.

"There is no excuse for a deputy to have weapons in their cars when they're not working that are not locked up," Sheriff Smith said.

Sheriff Smith said callers may deal with him personally.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office can be reached at (850) 670-8500.