A Jupiter thief assembled a small arsenal of weaponry by breaking into cars from five law-enforcement agencies over the last six months, officials said, but only the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said it will take measures to prevent such thefts.
Sheriff William Snyder said Friday that because of the break-ins, he’s planning on buying $500 gun safes that bolt into vehicle trunks for the few dozen deputies equipped with rifles.
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Police last week accused Christopher Vachaviolos of breaking into five police cars and two civilian vehicles. Some of the items he’s accused of taking, and from which department:
Palm Beach Gardens Police:
- AR-15 rifle
- Remington bolt-action rifle
U.S. Marshals Service:
- Glock .40-caliber handgun
Martin County Sheriff’s Office:
- AR-15 rifle
- Tactical vest with “sheriff’s office” markings
Jupiter Police Department:
- H&K UMP .40-caliber submachine gun
- AR-15 fully automatic rifle
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office:
- Less-lethal pepperball launcher with pepperspray rounds
- Department-issued radio