Suspect steals Glock from chaplain (in the Florida Highway Patrol)
Authorities in Florida are hot on the trail of a suspect who burglarized a vehicle on the night of Jan. 14 in the Miami area. What's bad about the crime is a Glock 43 is now on the streets. What's worse is that it was stolen from a man of the cloth-- who is also a state trooper.
As reported by NBC Miami, the Miami-Dade Police are investigating the burglary and asking the public for information that could help finger the suspect, identified as between 16 and 21 years of age, 5'11" and 170 pounds with medium length wavy black hair and a thin build.
A number of surveillance cameras, including a dashcam inside the vehicle, caught excellent footage of the burglar in action, shown passing by the crime scene on his bicycle and wearing a dark colored hoodie.
According to reports, the vehicle belongs to Florida Highway Patrol Chaplain Mark Rosenberg. Rosenberg also serves the Orthodox Jewish Chaplain for the North Miami Beach Police Department as well as clergy for the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office.
Times are tense in the South Florida Jewish community following the murder of Rabbi Joseph Raksin in 2014, which Rosenberg told the Times of Israel on that occasion had locals fearing it was a possible hate crime. With that in mind, you can see why the vehicle in question last week had a little 9mm protection in the console.
Sadly, the Glock was unsecured in the vehicle, located in the center console rather than in a lock box or case. Further, the vehicle itself was left unlocked. (Pro-tip, one or both of these used in conjunction could help foil gun thefts from vehicles under your control).
Now, officials are hoping for the best and a speedy recovery of the 9mm subcompact.
"It's just another gun in the hands of criminals. When guns land in the wrong hands, that's when it becomes dangerous," said Alvaro Zabaleta with MDPD.
If you live or work in the South Florida area, take a look at the footage below and see if you recognize anything-- especially if they come across someone selling a Glock 43 in the region at a "too good to be true price."
Anyone with information on the suspect or this crime is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.