Police searching for shotgun after thieves steal unmarked cruiser from detective's home
CHELMSFORD, Mass. — Police are investigating the theft of an unmarked police cruiser with a loaded police-issued shotgun in the trunk from the home of a Massachusetts detective.
Chelmsford police said sometime overnight Wednesday into Thursday, thieves broke into the garage of a Chelmsford police detective and stole several sets of keys from inside. The thieves then stole a 2011 Ford Taurus, along with a Saturn wagon from the detective's driveway.
The Saturn was found a short distance away from the detective's home, and police said they found the unmarked Taurus around 9 a.m. Thursday on Bowden Street in Lowell, Massachusetts, near the Lowell-Chelmsford border.
However, the shotgun was not inside, and police said it is now the subject of an intensive search.
Police said the thieves also stole a pistol lockbox from the Taurus, but it was empty at the time.
Chelmsford and Lowell K-9 units have been dispatched to aid in the search.
"Locating this stolen police weapon is our top priority at this time," Chief James M. Spinney said.
Anyone with information regarding this incident or the whereabouts of the shotgun are asked to contact the Chelmsford Police Department at 978-256-2521.