- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - Beaufort County will no longer let sheriff’s deputies keep their service weapons in their vehicles after weapons were recently stolen from two high-ranking deputies.

Sheriff P.J. Tanner tells The Beaufort Gazette (http://bit.ly/2dkKA ) that the current policy says that guns may be kept in parked cars as long as they are locked in the glove compartment or trunk and, if applicable, secured with a chain.

That policy is being changed after the recent thefts.

One deputy had two department-issued Glock handguns and an ammo bag stolen from his unlocked pickup truck at his home last month. The deputy’s personal rifle was also stolen.

In July, another deputy reported his service weapon was taken from his vehicle that he said was locked. The sheriff says both deputies will be disciplined.

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Information from: The Beaufort Gazette, http://www.beaufortgazette.com

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