PD neighbor accused of stealing guns, vests, officer’s vehicle

The man, who lives a short walk from the department, confessed to the thefts

PoliceOne Staff

A man who lives a short walk from the Hillsdale Police Department faces multiple felony charges after being arrested for stealing weapons, police equipment and an officer’s personal vehicle from the PD parking lot.

Police say Peter Bud Ray, 23, confessed to the thefts after police found the stolen goods in his house, which is a short three-minute walk from the department, reported the Riverfront Times

Ray apparently stole two ballistic vests and a police radio before driving away in a 2014 Jeep Patriot belonging to a police officer. The officer had left three of his personal firearms in his vehicle after going to the gun range for certification prior to his shift. 

Police found the abandoned Jeep near Ray’s house and obtained a search warrant. They found the stolen items and Ray eventually confessed.

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