Stolen police rifle and magazine recovered after theft from Ontario town

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Published February 6, 2024 at 10:50 am

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A stolen police-issued assault-style rifle and magazine have been found but investigators are still asking the public for tips after the firearm was taken from an OPP cop car.

A spokesperson for the Nottawasaga OPP told Insauga.com that the police-issued Colt C8 rifle was reported stolen on Saturday in the town of Angus, approximately 20 kilometres west of Barrie.

Police say the semi-automatic rifle was stolen from a police vehicle in the area of Brentwood Road,  and confirmed to Insauga.com that one magazine was also stolen.

The spokesperson was unable to confirm if the magazine was loaded at the time of the theft.

A compact rifle used by the Canadian Armed Forces and police agencies across the country, the C8 can be fed with a 30-round magazine and has a cyclic rate of fire of between 750 to 950 rpm.

The theft led police to issue a warning, saying the stolen firearm was a danger to the public.

Now police say the firearm has been recovered but no details have been released on whether any charges have been laid or are pending in the theft. An OPP spokesperson was unable to confirm how police managed to get their hands back on the rifle, saying the investigation is ongoing.

Investigators have put out a plea asking members of the public to come forward with any information about the stolen rifle and also urged anyone connected to the theft to come forward.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Nottawasaga OPP by calling 1-888-310-1122. Anonymous tips may also be submitted by visiting www.crimestoppers.ca.

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