Hickory police are trying to find out who broke into a police officer's personal car Monday night and stole her service belt that had her handgun, ammunition, handcuffs, baton, and pepper spray attached to it.
The officer was off duty and had stopped at the Walmart on Highway 70 when the theft occurred. Officials said the officer left her car unlocked and was gone only a short amount of time.
Investigators are not sure if the officer was targeted or if it was a random theft.
They are especially concerned with the service weapon, a 9mm Glock handgun. Two magazines on the belt could each hold 17 rounds. Officials would not say how many rounds were in the weapon or the magazines at the time of the theft.
Investigators are hoping someone with information will come forward. The parking lot has several surveillance cameras and investigators were checking to see if the theft was caught on video, but have not said whether they found anything.
The name and status of the officer have not been released.