Gun, credentials stolen from FBI agent’s car in East Bay, feds say
A gun, law enforcement card and ID were stolen from an FBI agent’s car in Contra Costa County on Saturday.
The items were stolen from Lafayette Circle in Lafayette at around 12:15 p.m. following a brief explanation from the FBI San Francisco branch. The agency said it was working with the Lafeyette Police Department to recover the Glock 22 pistol, law enforcement badge and .40-caliber ID cards “in the interests of public safety”.
It was unclear whether the items were safely stored in the vehicle or whether the agent would be disciplined to leave them in the car.
“The investigation is still ongoing and we have no further comments to make at this time,” said the FBI.
The incident took place in a parking lot next to American Kitchen, according to Victor Ivry, the owner of the restaurant. The agent was having brunch with four other people when a person approached a white Kia in the parking lot and “smashed the right rear end,” Ivry told The Chronicle. “It happened in seconds.”
Ivry said he spoke to the group after the break-in and learned that the agent was out of town. The agent’s vehicle was the only car that was broken into by about 10 cars parked in the parking lot, he said.
The agent was not wearing official clothing that made it clear he was with the FBI, Ivry said.
Saturday’s theft recalled a 2017 incident in which a submachine gun and bulletproof vest were stolen from a special agent’s vehicle in the Concord-Orinda-Lafayette region.
In September 2016, the then government became. Jerry Brown signed a bill requiring anyone who leaves guns in unattended vehicles, including police officers, to lock them up in a trunk or container that cannot be seen.
The law was in response to incidents where firearms stolen from officers’ vehicles were used in murders, including the deaths of Kathryn Steinle, who was shot dead at Pier 14 in San Francisco in 2015, and the death of Oakland mural painter Antonio Ramos .
Jessica Flores is a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @jesssmflores