Denver police officer's vest, badge and ammo stolen from truck parked outside his home in JeffCo

LITTLETON, Colo. - Fifty-six rounds of ammunition in two magazines, a ballistic vest and a cloth badge were stolen overnight from a Denver Police Department Officer's personal truck.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Spokesman Mark Techmeyer confirmed the theft occurred between 11 p.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when it was noticed. The items were inside a truck parked outside the officer's home in the 7800 Block of West Portland Avenue.

"Fortunately, there were no weapons," Techmeyer said.

Techmeyer said the car was locked and there was no sign of forced entry, so it is not clear how the thieves got into the car.

"It just goes to show that everyone can be a victim of a crime, including law enforcement," Techmeyer said. "We all need to be cognizant what we have in our cars whether we are police officers or we are citizens."

Denver Police say they're investigating the officer whose gear was stolen, but so far they don't believe he committed any violations.

This is not the first time thieves have targeted police officers' vehicles. Three months ago, for example, weapons were stolen from two Adams County Sheriff's cars.

"We're finding this all over the country that they're trying to get the heavy weapons," Bob Fence, former FBI Director for the Rocky Mountain Region, said on August 15.