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Submachine gun, magazines, bulletproof vest stolen from FBI agent’s car in Bay Area

An FBI agent’s submachine gun, magazines and bulletproof vest were stolen from a vehicle earlier this month in the Bay Area, the agency said Friday.

The FBI says it is now seeking assistance and information to help them find the agent’s stolen items.

Someone lifted a Heckler & Koch MP5 10mm, three magazines and the ballistic vest from the special agent’s vehicle between 6 p.m. Jan. 8 and 10 a.m. Jan. 9, according to the FBI. The theft occurred in one of these three cities: Concord, Orinda or Lafayette.

The FBI is working with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office to locate the items “in the interest of public safety,” the agency said in a statement.

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The FBI declined to release additional details about the theft.

FBI spokesman Prentice Danner said the agency was “continuing to conduct an internal investigation into the circumstances in which the weapon went missing.”

This isn’t the first time the FBI’s San Francisco office has found itself looking for one of its stolen guns.

In May, an FBI agent reported his .40-caliber Glock 27, badge and credentials were stolen from his vehicle while he was visiting San Francisco with his family. The Glock was his personal handgun. The FBI later located the weapon in a San Francisco home. One person at the home was arrested in connection with the stolen weapon, authorities said.

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In July 2015, a weapon that had been stolen from a Bureau of Land Management agent’s car in downtown San Francisco was used in the fatal shooting of Kate Steinle, 32, while she was walking with her father on San Francisco’s Embarcadero.

Suspect Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez said he found the gun wrapped in a T-shirt and accidentally fired at Steinle.

Anyone with details about the stolen items is urged to call the FBI’s San Francisco office at (415) 553-7400 or leave a tip.

veronica.rocha@latimes.com

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