FBI agent’s stolen gun found, but credentials still missing after theft in San Francisco

An FBI agent’s stolen handgun was recovered Tuesday, but his badge and credentials remained missing after they were taken from his vehicle this weekend in San Francisco, according to authorities.

Members of the FBI SWAT team searched a home near Keith and Thomas streets at 11 a.m. Tuesday and retrieved the handgun, according to FBI spokesman Prentice Danner.

Surveillance cameras in the area where the theft occurred led FBI investigators to the gun.

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One person at the home was arrested in connection with the stolen weapon, Danner said. Authorities are still looking for the agent’s badge and credentials.

The agent reported that his vehicle was burglarized sometime between 12:30 and 12:40 p.m. Sunday when it was parked on Hayes and Pierce streets near an area of historic Victorian homes, according to Officer Carlos Manfredi, spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department.

The gun was identified as a .40-caliber Glock 27.

KPIX-TV reported the agent was not from the area. He was visiting San Francisco with his family when the weapon and credentials were quickly swiped from his vehicle. The Glock was his personal handgun, the news station reported.

The area has been recently hit with a string of thefts.

Last year, a weapon that had been reported stolen from a Bureau of Land Management agent’s car in downtown San Francisco was used in the shooting death of a woman days later.

Four days after the weapon was stolen, Kate Steinle, 32, was shot and killed on July 1, 2015, while walking with her father on San Francisco’s Embarcadero.

The accused shooter, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, said he found a gun wrapped in a T-shirt and accidentally fired at Steinle.

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Steinle’s family has filed a federal lawsuit against San Francisco County’s former sheriff, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the federal Bureau of Land Management. Lopez-Sanchez, a Mexican laborer with a lengthy criminal record, had been deported from the U.S. five times, and the shooting death prompted outrage over what many saw as lax enforcement of immigration law.

Staff writer Joseph Serna contributed to this report.


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12:26 p.m.: This story was updated with authorities recovering the FBI agent’s gun.

This article was originally published at 9:12 a.m.