Durham police uniforms stolen during break-in at officer’s home, officials say

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Durham police uniforms were recently stolen during a burglary at a police officer’s home, officials said.

The city of Durham announced the theft, which happened over the weekend, in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.

The theft was discovered during a break-in call, according to Wil Glenn, spokesman for the Durham Police.

Four pairs of pants and eight shirts were taken. Glenn said that no department-issued badges or identification was stolen. The officer’s gun also was not taken.

“Please be aware that Durham Police Department officers carry department identification and are equipped with badges,” Glenn said.

“Residents should request identification if there is a question about the legitimacy of an officer,” he added.

People being pulled over by an unmarked police vehicle can also call 911 to ask the dispatcher if the person is actually an officer.

Officials are not releasing the officer’s name or address “due to safety concerns,” Glenn said.

Durham resident Maxine Jackson says news of the uniforms’ theft is worrying.

“Anyone could act like a police officer in a uniform that was stolen and commit a crime,” she said.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Investigator M. Beal at (919) 560-4582, ext. 29254 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.

CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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