AR-15, shotgun stolen out of Tipton Co. deputy's car

COVINGTON, TN (WMC) - A thief stole two guns out of a Tipton County deputy's car, according to Covington Police Department.

Investigators said the thief was caught on surveillance cameras stealing guns out of the deputy's car. The off-duty deputy parked and locked his patrol car by this fence near where he lives.

The deputy's car had its windshield smashed on Sunday around 11 o'clock at night.

It took the thief more than four hours to steal the guns. Investigators said the deputy's car was locked and the guns were secured inside a gun safe.

Investigators say the crook kept leaving because he was stealing tools to cut open the gun locker.

He got away with more than $4,000 in the stolen weapons and destroyed a camera in the patrol car worth thousands of dollars along with other equipment.

Investigators have recovered the shotgun, but the AR-15 remains missing.

The deputy will not face any disciplinary action, since he followed department procedures for securing the weapons.

The suspect was wearing a hoodie and a blue or purple backpack.

"I want to be clear to whoever the suspect is we're going to get the gun and they're going to jail," Tipton County Chief Billy Daughtery said.

Investigators said they will pay $1,000 cash for anyone who can identify the thief or help investigators locate the stolen AR-15.

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