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Docs: KCSO firearm, badge stolen from deputy

Some items recovered by BPD, gun still missing
Kern County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Patrol Car (FILE)
Posted at 1:13 PM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 16:13:56-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A Kern County Sheriff's deputy's department-issued firearm and several other items were stolen from the deputy and investigators are still looking for the gun.

According to court documents obtained by 23ABC News, the deputy reported his black Glock 22 handgun was stolen while he was off-duty. His KCSO ID card, KCSO flat badge and black boots were also stolen. The items were all in the same black bag, the documents show.

More than a month later, Bakersfield Police officers stopped a driver on April 12 and while talking to her, the driver told them she was in possession of a KCSO bag. She told the officers it was at her home.

The driver took the officers to her home, where she then produced the bag from her backyard. In the bag were the flat badge and ID, as well as prescription pills belonging to the deputy. There were also KCSO papers with the deputy's name on them.

The firearm, however, was not found.

According to the documents, the driver told police that she had been in possession of the bag since April 11, around 1 a.m.

KCSO confirmed the thefts, but declined to comment as it is an on-going investigation.

Back in 2017, several firearms were reported stolen from a different KCSO deputy's unmarked department vehicle. Most of those firearms and other KCSO items were were eventually recovered and arrests were made in that investigation.