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Thieves make off with weapons from Phoenix police cars at stations

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PHOENIX — Police in Phoenix said weapons — including an AR-15 — were stolen from cars parked at a precinct and a substation over the past three weeks.

Fox 10 reported Thursday that two of the thefts happened in broad daylight.

Weapons were taken from marked and unmarked police cars and from officers’ personal vehicles at the South Mountain substation at 24th Street and Broadway Road anywhere from 4 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Jan. 18-19, and from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Jan. 25.

The other thefts were from the Central City Precinct at 16th Street and Buckeye Road. Officers determined it happened from Feb. 2 to Feb. 4 between 2 p.m. and 11 a.m.

Combined, thieves made off with an AR-15, a Glock handgun, a Taser, a pair of pepper spray canisters, a baton and a pocket knife.

Police said there had been no signs of forced entry and that they were reviewing security procedures.

Sgt. Vince Lewis said officers were responsible for properly securing weapons and other equipment.

He also said officials will determine whether there were policy violations, whether any disciplinary measures are warranted and what security measures could be improved.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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