Real cops nab alleged fake cops in Fla.
An FBI intelligence bulletin released this week reveals a troubling rash of law enforcement property theft and vandalism across the country. Weapons, gear and equipment—everything from firearms to raid vests—have been stolen from cruisers, while body destruction to vehicles is also on the rise.
This week in Chyanne, Wy.,vandals entered a parking lot and threw bricks through the window of four cruisers, causing hundred of dollars of damage. In Lodi, Ca, a police cruiser parked in the driveway of an officer’s house was set on fire. Earlier this month in Orange County, Ca., a thief broke into sheriff’s squad car, stealing a firearm and captain’s badge. A service weapon stolen out of an unmarked car in Marietta, Ohio was later used to shoot an unidentified target.
But by far the most troubling report (below) comes out of Miami-Dade, Fla., where, over the course of eight months, law enforcement-targeted crime has included breaking and entering into officers' private homes.
BY DAVID OVALLE
The Miami Herald
Tuesday, March 28
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - What started as an investigation into strange police transmissions yielded more than 50 arrests in connection with stolen police equipment.
Some were ''wannabe cops'' who couldn't make the cut.
Others had more sinister motives, such as looting the homes and cars of real police officers, authorities say.
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