Tulsa County Sheriff's Office offering reward for rifle taken in burglary of deputy's vehicle

TULSA - A Tulsa County deputy was the victim of a burglary when a sheriff's office Tahoe was broken into early Tuesday morning.

According to the sheriff's office, the burglary occurred near 91st and Delaware between 1 and 7:30 a.m.

A long range FN Special Police .308 rifle with a custom tan camouflage paint scheme was taken, as were night vision goggles and other tactical gear.

This is the second time this year that a deputy's weapon has been stolen.

"We can always buy more, but we want this one back," said detective Marshall Eldridge. "It's ours. We don't want it to fall in to the wrong hands and something to happen to somebody else on the streets."

Detectives tell 2NEWS the deputy did not violate any rules in keeping his weapon in his car. They do, however, say this incident could lead to changes.

"We are definitely going to have to review our policy on it," said Sgt. Eric Kitch.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the return of the weapon.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at (918) 596-5601 or (918) 596-8661.

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