Officer is investigated after theft of his car, gun

April 18, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Baltimore police officer is being investigated by the Police Department after a thief stole his personal vehicle and his service weapon.

Police said Officer Brian M. Pedrick had left his department-issued 9 mm Glock semiautomatic handgun in the car, which was stolen outside his Dundalk home about 10:40 p.m. Monday. Six hours later, the 1999 Dodge Neon - but not the handgun - was recovered in the 3300 block of Noble St. in Southeast Baltimore.

The car has standard Maryland license plates that don't bear the FOP logo of the Fraternal Order of Police or any other law enforcement organization, said Kevin Enright, a police spokesman.

Pedrick, 40, is an 18-year veteran assigned to the Central District.

An internal investigation began yesterday, said Ragina C. Averella, the Police Department's director of public affairs.

"Our general orders mandate that it is the officer's responsibility to always secure his weapon if it's not being worn," Averella said. "That obviously didn't happen."

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