Sheriff probes theft of gun at courthouse

June 27, 1994|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer

The Anne Arundel County sheriff's office is investigating the theft of a handgun from a basement locker in the Circuit Courthouse last fall.

Patrick Ogle, Sheriff Robert Pepersack's second-in-command, said Friday that a 9 mm Smith & Wesson pistol was stolen Aug. 31 from a locker in the area housing prison and jail inmates awaiting hearings.

An inmate is not suspected, however, and sheriff's office employees are being questioned, Mr. Ogle said.

Three full-time deputies who were working in the cellblock the day of the theft have been reprimanded and have paid for the missing handgun, Mr. Ogle said. The gun was valued at $500.

Security measures for storing sheriff's office handguns have been improved since the theft, Mr. Ogle said. The weapons are placed in more secure lockers in an area under constant surveillance by a deputy.

The theft was not reported to county police because the sheriff's office has investigative authority for courthouse security matters.

"We don't report to the county police. We report to ourselves in this kind of thing," Mr. Ogle said.

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