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Cop's Car Stolen From Monrovia, Set on Fire

The reserve police officer's gun and badge were stolen from the vehicle before it was set on fire, a TV station reported.

A car stolen from a reserve police officer was found on fire today in El Monte, and the officer's badge and firearm were missing from the vehicle, police said.

Firefighters sent to the 11700 block of Hallwood Drive shortly after midnight extinguished the fire, and the investigation led to the owner, who told police the badge and firearm were missing, said El Monte police Lt. Dan Burlingham.

The vehicle was stolen some time Wednesday from the Monrovia residence of a San Fernando Police Department reserve officer, Fox 11 reported.

Richard Christy November 08, 2012 at 05:58 PM
This must be the start of the revolution that Trump called for! If Obama had lost, there would be 100 comments here right now.
SgtJackWagon November 08, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Who knows if this stolen police patrol car is linked to the presidential election, but it is completely possible. One of my main questions would be centered around, who in their right mind, especially a Police Officer, would, for one second, leave his loaded service revolver, and Police badge in the car. I honestly can't think of any instance that would support this method of thinking, and due to this officers lack of common sense and bad judgement, should be relieved of duty and or terminated immediately.
Treelichen November 08, 2012 at 06:45 PM
The article didn't say it was a police car. It sounds like it was his personal car. Reserve officers are volunteers, and are not issued police cars to take home.
Richard Christy November 08, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Rah Sgt! Yeah, let's fire the guy and make sure he can never work again! Let's make sure his entire life is ruined! Let's make sure this follows him for the rest of his life. Hopefully his wife and kids will live on food stamps and government assistance forever!
Citzen November 08, 2012 at 06:59 PM
No, this mean a criminal is running around with a badge and a gun. People need to be concerned and weary. Get over it already.
R. Ray Morford November 08, 2012 at 07:06 PM
(1) First, I'm pleased the Reserve Officer is unharmed. (2) Never leave A weapon and Identification in a vehicle. Some one observed/knew the officer left his equipment in the vehicle. I do not believe this was a random act.
SgtJackWagon November 08, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Well Mr. Christy, where would you put this Police Officers behavior on the common sense meter? What would be your suggestion as a punishment for his behavior? I am not trying to crucify the man, but I sure wouldn't put him back on the street for a period of time, and that means he has to be relieved of duty. Should I strike the word, "terminated." That depends on the outcome of the investigation. No one, to include me, is suggesting that this Police Officer be forced to accept government help, but there is a clear lack of responsibility in this situation and his behavior.
SgtJackWagon November 08, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I agree with you R.Ray, and the fact that it was found on fire in El Monte, makes the situation even more questionable.
SgtJackWagon November 08, 2012 at 07:52 PM
You're are right Treelichen. I stand corrected. Read it wrong Thanks for pointing that out.
Citzen November 08, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Some thug steals a car and you all are making it into a political statement??? Explain all the thefts that happened before! They have been breaking into and stealing cars for quiet awhile. Nothing new. It's possible he find out a has an officers car and he burns it, or he could be afraid of evidence being left behind because OMG he stole the wrong car. Christy is just pissed. The reservist made a huge mistake. This might not be his bread and butter job either. You have the ask the man if he even gets paid. Reservist do not always get a paycheck
Ellen Zunino November 08, 2012 at 09:13 PM
A car thief - never a rare thing in this area - just happened to find and take more than he planned on finding in a car. Would you expect a car thief to leave valuables behind? Whether it's a gun and a badge or an iPad and a checkbook, it's all the same to them: It's theirs once they take possession of the car. Valuables should never be left in cars. Period. No matter what they are.
Gayle M. Montgomery November 08, 2012 at 09:50 PM
So I suspect the officer has already paid if this is his personal vehicle or will pay with higher insurance rates. He's probably also the brunt of his force's jibes and maybe some serious talking to. But I question the judgment of any officer leaving anything of value in a vehicle given the rash of vehicular burglaries that occur in Monrovia. Cops can't be in all places at all times, and the thugs are counting on it. But it's like hosting a backyard barbeque for a bear, leaving food out, and not understanding that it was going to get taken. We all need to wise up under this situation, cops included. I could be wrong, but it seems the burglars have been operating in a core that radiates from Pavillions. Do we have any fact pattern that is different? That seems to me to be the area on which to focus for these creeps.
Beth Chrisinger November 09, 2012 at 05:09 PM
What the posting didn't add is that he was at his own house and it was his own car. The gun part, people have guns; why was it in his car? No clue he could have bought it that day. Had to be driven home some point. Are you telling me that you have never got into your car left it running while in your own drive way to run into your house because you forgot something? He is being reamed as is not only by the volunteer program, but also by the media and probably his family too. Yes it was dumb of him to leave his badge in car but maybe like most volunteer, police and fire dept officials they have them in wallets. Have you ever left a wallet some where in plain sight where you might have forgotten it was there? I'm sure you have. No one is perfect and should be judged that way. shame on you. Your lack of responsibility is seeing it from both sides and thinking of the reasons why that person did what he did whether it is on accident or on purpose. I apologize for being harsh on you but your the only post that only sees it as a "my way or the high way". So please be more positive and open to other options as to why. Remember the media doesn't always tell the truth or not all of the truth. I agree with a probation period but not fired for a mistake that took place off duty. Lastly EVERYONE stop with the politics and shoulda coulda. Obama won that is that enough said i didn't vote for him but I know there is no point in complaining about it and linking every darn event to it.
Kate K. November 09, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Still, seems like a very bad idea to leave one's badge and firearm in a car when not driving it.
Kate K. November 09, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Election's over. Can we all let go of the political "attitudes" for 3 or 4 years?
Citzen November 10, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Worst yet he got uniforms...Great now we find out we have a thug with everything he needs to impersonate an officer. People need to be careful. http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_21957350/san-fernando-reserve-police-officers-car-stolen-burned

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