(BEL AIR, MD) – Maryland State Police are searching for a police tactical vest and related equipment stolen over the weekend in Harford County when the window of a police vehicle was smashed and the items removed.
The theft is believed to have occurred sometime in the early morning hours of July 25, 2014, in the driveway of a Maryland state trooper’s residence in the Bel Air area of Harford County. The rear window of an unmarked Ford Excursion was smashed.
An unknown suspect or suspects removed a green ballistic vest on which was labeled “Trooper” and “STATE Team,” and which contained several police tactical equipment including ammunition, a pry bar and a knife. “STATE Team” designates the Maryland State Police Special Tactical Assault Team Element, or SWAT team.
Also removed was a green flight suit on which were the Maryland State Police and STATE Team patches. A gas mask was stolen as well. No firearms were stolen. There were none in the vehicle.
Crime scene technicians processed the scene and are analyzing evidence. A suspicious vehicle seen in the area, described as a tan or gold Cadillac with a loud exhaust and Maryland tags, is being sought to determine if the occupants were connected with the theft.
Anyone with information about this incident or who has knowledge about the location of the stolen items is urged to contact Maryland State Police at the Bel Air Barrack at 410-879-2101. Callers may remain anonymous.