Someone broke into a police vehicle parked outside a hotel in Gastonia and stole a rifle, according to the Gastonia Police Department.
The vehicle belonged to a police officer from Horry County, South Carolina, said police spokesman Rick Goodale.
The officer was staying at Courtyard Marriott. A passerby discovered around 4 p.m. on Monday that someone had broken the vehicle's passenger window and the interior window of the vehicle's cab. The person stole an M4 rifle, along with a police vest and ammunition, Goodale said.
Some of the ammunition and the police vest were found in a nearby trash bin. The rifle was not.
There was a Horry County Police badge sitting inside the vehicle, Goodale said, so although the vehicle was unmarked, it clearly belonged to a police department.
The officer was in Gastonia for police training.
Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 704-869-1850 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article originally appeared on The Gaston Gazette: Rifle stolen from Horry County police vehicle