Gun, Ammo Stolen From Correction Officer's Home

Police say garage door opener, insurance card taken from his car while on assignment in Newark.

A handgun and hallow-point bullets were stolen from a correction officer's Hopatcong home Sunday afternoon after his garage door opener had been stolen from his car while it was parked on assignment in Newark the night before, according to police. 

The garage door opener was reportedly stolen from the correction officer's car Saturday night while it was parked at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey while he was on assignment. 

On Sunday at about 3:40 p.m., the man's wife came home after she had left for about an hour-and-a-half and found the garage door open and the house ransacked, police said.

The gun, a .40-caliber Sig Sauer P229 that was in a locked case with three 12-round magazines of ammunition, was stolen, as well as jewelry and money, according to police.

Along with the garage door opener, an insurance and registration card, as well as a gym bag, were reportedly stolen from the car in Newark. The car's window was smashed to obtain the items, police said.

According to police, the Sussex County K-9 Unit tracked from the house to an adjacent road, where the trail ended. Police are asking anyone with information to contact Det. Michael Luciani at 973-398-5000.

Roseanne Marie S. September 25, 2012 at 10:49 AM
All I could think of while reading this was Thank God the CO's wife did not walk in on the robbery, especially because of the gun they had stolen. I am so glad she is safe and sound. I really hope that when they catch these guys they spend a lot of time in the same jail this Corrections Officer works at.
Jessica September 25, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Something doesn't sound right here. And now there is a loaded .40 cal out there with hollow point bullets. Not cool.
Chrissy September 25, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Well this is scary. The garage door opener was stolen in Newark and knew the officer lives in Hopatcong. How could this story end anyway but tragic? Sounds like someone is on a mission here. Is it normal to leave an loaded gun laying around your house? Even if your are a officer and trained in safety. Having such a dangerous weapon loaded doesn't seem very safe to me. :-/
MC September 25, 2012 at 07:39 PM
The gun was in a locked safe please read before you comment. They obviously found his home from the registration card that was stolen.
Edubb September 25, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Sounds suspicious to me. A burglar breaks a window to a random car in Newark. Steals a gym bag and grabs a garage door opener. To get the address he steals registartion. Burglar drives some 40+ miles to the garage and house, Steals a gun and ammo all in the middle of the afternoon.
S. Coventry September 26, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Hollow point bullets? Correction officer on assignment at UMDNJ. No name, age, or address given.
Jessica September 26, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I didn't even think about the fact that they got the home address from the registration. I stopped leaving my registration and insurance in my car.
JenniferB September 26, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Same here. Also, don't your home address in your GPS. Either be vague or use a cross street or business. I'm sure I can find my way home from say the police station.
Pete October 11, 2012 at 10:22 PM
To bad thats a sweet pistol to high priced thats the only resson i can see they stole it


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