Guns, gear stolen from deputy's patrol car

Weapons stored in trunk

Published On: Sep 26 2012 06:13:35 AM EDT
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BIG PINE KEY, Fla. -

Authorities in the Florida Keys are investigating after guns and SWAT gear were stolen from a Monroe County deputy's patrol car.

The cruiser belonged to a sergeant who lives in Big Pine Key. His personal handgun, an automatic rifle and a pistol were stolen from inside the car and from the trunk. Detectives and investigators don't know how the suspects got inside the car.

Also taken Monday were tactical gear, including a bullet resistant vest, and ammunition for all three guns.

Authorities are asking for the public's help in the case.