Statewide — Detectives from the Indiana State Police are asking for people across the state to be on the lookout for a stolen handgun from a theft from an ISP vehicle.
In the overnight hours of January 2 into January 3, an issued police handgun was taken from a marked state police vehicle parked in a private driveway. The theft occurred in the Pine Springs West neighborhood near 75th and Hague Road in Indianapolis.
A surveillance camera on a neighboring home captured images of a white male carrying a rifle attempting to make entry into a white pick-up truck. Investigators believe these images were taken prior to the unlawful entry into the police vehicle, however, the close proximity leads investigators to believe the same male suspect is responsible for the handgun theft. The rifle the suspect was carrying was not the weapon stolen from the ISP vehicle.
Taken from the police vehicle was a Sig Sauer P227 .45 caliber handgun. It is important to note all issued Sig Sauer P227 for the Indiana State Police have a serial number that begins with ISP followed by four digits (ISP0000). The handgun also has an Indiana State Police stamp on top of the frame.
Officials are asking anyone who can identify the suspect or provide further information to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477 or at www.crimetips.org. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Should you encounter him, please call the police immediately.