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Grenade Launcher And Ammo That Fell Out Of Police Cruiser Found By Civilian

Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were in an uproar when they realized that some potentially dangerous equipment had fallen off a vehicle near the Golden Ears Bridge in British Columbia. The Mounties lost a 0mm Abrams airborne multi-launcher and a large case containing ammunition early Sunday morning. Thankfully, an individual found the gear and returned it to authorities.

The non-lethal grenade launcher is usually used by tactical teams for crowd control to fire rubber bullets or pepper sprays at rioters. Police were driving and the gear somehow fell off their vehicle. They hadn't realized that the truck canopy had accidentally been left open.

A driver on the road flagged down the RCMP truck down and told them that the canopy was open. They stopped to check equipment, and realized the multi-launcher and backpack containing various equipment were missing.

“We are very concerned about the loss of these items and are doing all we can to locate them,” RCMP S/Sgt. Annie Linteau said to the media when the missing items were discovered. “We ask anyone who locates these items to refrain from handling them and to call police immediately.”

Just because there were no actual grenades lost doesn’t mean the items were harmless. One of the items recovered was meant for penetrating glass or drywall, something that could have been dangerous had a person with sinister intentions gotten his hands on it.

Thankfully, that didn’t happen. A civilian happened to discover the launcher and other equipment the next day and returned it. The gear was lost in the area where the RCMP thought it might be. Thankfully, no harm was done.

It is scary to think how, if such equipment fell into the wrong hands, things can go terribly, terribly wrong. Unfortunately, it's not that uncommon for police to lose things.

One terrifying statistic tells us that Washington D.C. area police have lost track of more than 350 firearms. They've either gone missing or were stolen from local or federal police in the area since 2011, and even more frightening, not all of them have been recovered.

Most of the time when firearms are stolen, they are taken from vehicles, such as cruisers left unattended or from the cars of armed off-duty police officers.

In the San Francisco Bay area, more than 900 items have gone missing since 2010, and more than 700 of those items are still unaccounted for today.

These mishaps have had tragic consequences. Kate Steinle was killed by one of them. Steinle's name has become famous after her walk along a San Francisco Pier turned deadly. She was shot by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant, who claims he found the gun and it just went off accidentally.

Steinle's death sparked a number of national debates revolving around undocumented immigrants with criminal records and the high number of missing firearms that authorities have lost. A number of these guns have later been used in homicides.

“You just can’t leave a gun alone in a vehicle,” said retired FBI Agent Jim Wedick to Mercury News. “You just can’t do it. It has to be in a compartment, or in chains an inch thick wrapped around a lead box, because, God forbid, someone gets hurt.”

Source: Global News
Photos: Global News Screenshot, Flickr/Vineet Verghese

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