Skip to comments.SF cops went all out retrieve stolen gun
Posted on 03/10/2013 11:53:14 AM PDT by artichokegrower
San Francisco cops dodged a real bullet the other day when one of their AR-15 rifles wound up in the hands of an East Oakland gang after being stolen out of the trunk of an unmarked police car.
The prospect of a police semiautomatic rifle being used in a violent crime prompted a Code 3 response once officers discovered the theft last weekend South of Market.
Police Chief Greg Suhr immediately put out word to start questioning every street source they had.
"No resources were spared," Suhr said.
Asked exactly how they traced the rifle, the chief told us that "it wouldn't be in the best interest of future cases to give away trade secrets."
(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
"Still, while as many as seven people were detained, there were no arrests - a clear sign, department insiders say, that they had a deal with somebody to get the weapon back with no questions asked."
So they had to buy the rifle back from the gang bangers? Great police work.
Interesting that kidnapping is not mentioned.
Looks like the universal background checks did their job again.
Again, for the radical left wing extremist demokkkrat scumbags. Point by point, how will any of the new laws proposed stop the bad guys? Crickets....... Smooth move difi. Your a real genius. NOT!
Either an extortion buyback or they simply traded for an AR that won’t trace back to the PD. Trade secret indeed.
I would guess this AR-15 since it was a police weapon had a full auto option.
So they know where the gangs are, they know who has weapons, they could track, trace and retrieve one particular gun... ???
No one is arrested? No other guns or weapons are retrieved? No questions asked? Tomorrow is business as usual ?
Sound like a Tom and Jerry cartoon...
I wonder how many confidential informants and undercover officers were burned in the process of getting that weapon back.
Funny they cannot solve all of the crimes so easily, perhaps the priority makes a huge difference, The don’t set much priority on anything stolen from individuals.
And if it were my property that had been stolen? Would there be no resources spared?
Yes, SFPD would use all their resources to search your home for what they consider contraband, (like cash, guns, jewelry) and they would confiscate said "contraband" in the hopes you can't get to a reasonable judge within ten days.
“Sound like a Tom and Jerry cartoon...”
No resources used would be more like it.
Police carry/are armed for self-protection not yours. Police are under NO legal obligation to protect you or your property. They exist solely to enforce the laws. If within that enforcement duty they happen to protect you and yours then that would be a ‘benefit’. The police wanted that weapon returned mainly for THEIR protection and not necessarily the public’s. In the instance your property is stolen, no PAPER resources would be spared.
by def ar-15s are semi/auto. only m-16s are select fire.
well by definition for those of us who know weapons.
“it wouldn’t be in the best interest of future cases to give away trade secrets.”
Wouldn’t surprise me if it was chipped.
Some wit could cause great consternation by suggesting that the thieves didn’t steal *a* rifle, but a rifle rack full of rifles, that are still missing.
To make it more confusing, the early AR-15s were select fire, before they changed the name to M16. The AR-15 name came back with the civilian semi version.
I wouldn't be so sure of that. If it's full (or burst) capable it more than likely started as an M16. I've been given to understand that when Colt designed the AR-15 they intentionally designed the lower receiver with noninterchangeable dimensions in the area that holds the fire-control group (trigger, hammer, interrupter, auto sear, and selector). That insures that M-16 parts cannot be fitted to an AR-15, converting it to a select fire "assault rifle". The differences are in the diameters (and locations?) of mounting pins and the width and depth of a milled cavity in the receiver that holds the fire-control parts in position relative to the bolt. Even if you had the M16 parts, the conversion requires the re-machining of the lower receiver which cannot be done on a kitchen table.
PS Any attempt at converting an AR-15 to select fire by person or persons unlicensed to "manufacture" NFA Class III items will result to heavy fines and a Federal felony conviction with a long stay at the crowbar hotel.