WPD offering $5,000 reward
The Wilmington Police Department is offering a Crimestoppers reward of up to $5000 to anyone with information on a car break-in that happened over the weekend resulting in the theft of police issued equipment, including a gun, a bullet proof vest and ammunition. The crime occurred in Leland at the home of an officer.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agency (ATF) is leading the investigation. Officials say this car break-in was one of several to happen over the weekend in Leland.
“Our investigators are working closely with ATF and the Leland Police Department to find the individuals responsible for this theft and to recover the weapon and equipment that were stolen,” says Chief Ralph Evangelous. “If anyone has any information about this crime we encourage you to use Text-a-Tip or Crimestoppers.” You can reach Crimestoppers by calling 910-763-3888. Callers identity is completely anonymous. You may also call the Leland Police Department with information.
WPD is also conducting an internal investigation to determine if the officer secured the weapon and equipment properly. No other weapons were stolen from our inventory. No personnel action has been taken since this incident happened. No further comment at this time.