Assault rifles stolen from Ga. police car

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JONESBORO, Ga. — Clayton County police say they are looking for two assault rifles stolen from a police squad car.

Clayton County Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Rebecca Brown says the police car was one of three broken into at the same apartment complex. Brown says the thieves tore open a door to get into the trunk. Brown says the two submachine guns were taken from the trunk in the Thursday night theft.

She says the other two cars were a Clayton County Sheriff's Office patrol car and a civilian car. What was taken from those cars was not released.

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LibertarianexGOP
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LibertarianexGOP 09/07/09 - 10:41 am
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Well were they assault rifles

Well were they assault rifles or submachine guns? The cops says submachine guns, so why does the AP say assault rifles?

[filtered word] poor reporting from the AP.

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disssman 09/07/09 - 11:04 am
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Just another city that

Just another city that dosen't "hot seat" police cars and equipment. I wonder what is would save if we didn't provide a car, radio, computer, weapons etc. to every officer on the force? And I am sick of the excuse that they are on call or that they deter criminals in neighborhoods. In my neighborhood we have a columbia county car, 2 richmond county cars and a school cruiser, all sitting idle for 2/3 of the time, and we still have thefts.

greyfox
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greyfox 09/07/09 - 12:06 pm
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LibertarianexGOP is correct,

LibertarianexGOP is correct, you can't have a submachine gun and also an assault rifle. They are two different weapons, although the gun control folks group them in one pot for political reasons.

egan01
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egan01 09/07/09 - 01:25 pm
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Look up M16, it is an assault

Look up M16, it is an assault rifel but it has an automatic mode for three round burst. This is what most swat teams use.

greyfox
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greyfox 09/07/09 - 01:48 pm
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That is correct egan0l, but a

That is correct egan0l, but a M16 is not a submachine gun. One correction, is the M16A2 has the three round burst capability, a M16 or M16A1 does not.

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Asitisinaug 09/07/09 - 03:28 pm
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Hot seating cars does not

Hot seating cars does not prevent thefts and incidents such as this are extremely rare. Alarm systems could be added to patrol cars though. The benefits of allowing officers to use their vehicles, especailly in areas other than large major cities far outweigh the cons. First, when you are assigned a vehicle, you will take far greater care of the vehicle from cleanliness to all other aspects. Vehicles that are used 24/7 end up in the shop far more often are taken off patrol much sooner thereby negating any possible savings regarding vehicle purchases and repair. The numerous cases which police "off duty" while driving a patrol car have netted everything from murderers to bank robbers to DUI drivers, etc. and often these officers use vehicles while working specials for the community at schools, churches, restaurants, shopping centers, malls, etc. which are all areas that should be patroled anyway and thereby allows road patrol to concentrate in other areas therefore saving a great deal of tax dollars while providing extra police coverage. When arrests ae made, since they have a patrol car, they do not have to call road patrol for a transport. It is best for police to have a car.

greyfox
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greyfox 09/07/09 - 04:26 pm
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It has been my experience, to

It has been my experience, to leave a weapon unattended was a court-martial offense. The same should apply to a off-duty policeperson, park your car in the housing area, remove the weapons from the vehicle and secure them.

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Taylor B 09/07/09 - 08:37 pm
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My guess would be MP5 family,

My guess would be MP5 family, submachine guns fire pistol rounds, machine guns fire the deeper penetrating rifle rounds. Either way, the AP sucks.

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