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.