Officers with the Saskatoon Police Service are investigating the theft of an RCMP officer’s handgun from a parked vehicle.
According to police, the theft occurred Wednesday night while the vehicle was parked outside a Saskatoon hotel, and the firearm was discovered missing early Thursday morning. RCMP said the handgun was a silver 9mm Smith & Wesson 5946, bearing the serial number BDX1238 and an RCMP engraving. Police advised the public not to handle the firearm if it is found, and to call 911 immediately.
The Saskatoon Police Service said members of their Guns & Gangs Unit have been assigned to the investigation, and already have a suspect. The suspect was described as a man in his 50s or 60s with dark, greying hair that is long on the sides and balding on top. He was wearing a black T-shirt with white printing on the front, and a beige or brown sweater, and police released a surveillance image to help with his identification.
RCMP said in addition to the investigation by Saskatoon Police, they are conducting an internal review into the circumstances that contributed to the theft. Anyone with information on the suspect or the theft was asked to contact the Saskatoon Police Service or Crime Stoppers. In the meantime, an RCMP spokesperson said one officer has been placed onto temporary administrative duty.
This incident was not the only theft of RCMP property to occur in Saskatchewan in recent weeks. On July 28, an RCMP officer’s patrol jacket was stolen from a parked vehicle during a demolition derby in the community of Parkside, though it was later recovered by police.
Editor's Note: This story was updated at 1:40 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018 to add additional information from the RCMP.
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