M-16 Rifle Stolen from Martinsville Police Vehicle

(MARTINSVILLE) – An M-16 rifle was stolen from a Martinsville Police Department vehicle early Monday morning.

Around 4 a.m., officers were called to the 1300 block of East Harrison Street, near North 2nd Street, after someone reported hearing gunshots.

The caller told police that a person wearing all black and a baggy sweatshirt and a toboggan hat was going through a yard and into a residential driveway.

The caller shouted down to the suspect asking what they were doing, and the suspect ran off.

Officers checked the vehicles parked nearby, which included a Martinsville Police Department vehicle. That is when they discovered that an M-16 rifle was missing.

A loaded magazine and a round of ammunition were found in the area.

Police say the gun will be entered into the national database of stolen firearms.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Martinsville police Department at 765-349-4900.