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Providence officer’s personal firearm, car stolen


FOSTER, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence police officer’s personal car and firearm were stolen from his home in Foster, police confirmed Monday.

The rifle inside the car was not his department-issued duty weapon, according to Providence Police Col. Hugh Clements. He declined to name the officer.

Rhode Island State Police Lt. Erik Jones said the officer reported his car missing at 7:30 a.m. Monday. The rifle was inside the car.

Police recovered the car in Hartford, according to Jones, using the vehicle’s OnStar system. The rifle was not recovered.

Jones said no arrests have been made. Troopers are checking for surveillance video at some of the locations the car is believed to have stopped on its way to Hartford.

The Providence Police Department’s written policy surrounding firearms requires that off-duty firearms be “authorized” with the department, which includes an inspection and registration with the Weapons Bureau Commanding Officer.

The policy requires that department-authorized weapons be safely secured.

Clements confirmed that the officer’s gun was authorized, inspected and registered with the department.

Police spokesperson Lindsay Lague said the officer is still on active duty pending an internal investigation into the incident.

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