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Cop's Car Stolen From Monrovia, Set on Fire

The reserve police officer's gun and badge were stolen from the vehicle before it was set on fire, a TV station reported.

A car stolen from a reserve police officer was found on fire today in El Monte, and the officer's badge and firearm were missing from the vehicle, police said.

Firefighters sent to the 11700 block of Hallwood Drive shortly after midnight extinguished the fire, and the investigation led to the owner, who told police the badge and firearm were missing, said El Monte police Lt. Dan Burlingham.

The vehicle was stolen some time Wednesday from the Monrovia residence of a San Fernando Police Department reserve officer, Fox 11 reported.

Gayle M. Montgomery November 08, 2012 at 09:50 PM
So I suspect the officer has already paid if this is his personal vehicle or will pay with higher insurance rates. He's probably also the brunt of his force's jibes and maybe some serious talking to. But I question the judgment of any officer leaving anything of value in a vehicle given the rash of vehicular burglaries that occur in Monrovia. Cops can't be in all places at all times, and the thugs are counting on it. But it's like hosting a backyard barbeque for a bear, leaving food out, and not understanding that it was going to get taken. We all need to wise up under this situation, cops included. I could be wrong, but it seems the burglars have been operating in a core that radiates from Pavillions. Do we have any fact pattern that is different? That seems to me to be the area on which to focus for these creeps.
Beth Chrisinger November 09, 2012 at 05:09 PM
What the posting didn't add is that he was at his own house and it was his own car. The gun part, people have guns; why was it in his car? No clue he could have bought it that day. Had to be driven home some point. Are you telling me that you have never got into your car left it running while in your own drive way to run into your house because you forgot something? He is being reamed as is not only by the volunteer program, but also by the media and probably his family too. Yes it was dumb of him to leave his badge in car but maybe like most volunteer, police and fire dept officials they have them in wallets. Have you ever left a wallet some where in plain sight where you might have forgotten it was there? I'm sure you have. No one is perfect and should be judged that way. shame on you. Your lack of responsibility is seeing it from both sides and thinking of the reasons why that person did what he did whether it is on accident or on purpose. I apologize for being harsh on you but your the only post that only sees it as a "my way or the high way". So please be more positive and open to other options as to why. Remember the media doesn't always tell the truth or not all of the truth. I agree with a probation period but not fired for a mistake that took place off duty. Lastly EVERYONE stop with the politics and shoulda coulda. Obama won that is that enough said i didn't vote for him but I know there is no point in complaining about it and linking every darn event to it.
Kate K. November 09, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Still, seems like a very bad idea to leave one's badge and firearm in a car when not driving it.
Kate K. November 09, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Election's over. Can we all let go of the political "attitudes" for 3 or 4 years?
Citzen November 10, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Worst yet he got uniforms...Great now we find out we have a thug with everything he needs to impersonate an officer. People need to be careful. http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_21957350/san-fernando-reserve-police-officers-car-stolen-burned

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