Police: Weapons stolen from constable patrol cars

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (KTRK) -- Investigators are looking for thieves who stole guns out of vehicles belonging to several constables from across the state Friday morning.

According to police, 13 vehicles were broken into at the Holiday Inn Express in Huntsville before 5 a.m. Friday. Of the 13 vehicles, 11 belonged to elected constables from various counties. Three guns were stolen from constables' vehicles, and one gun was stolen from a civilian's car.

Lt. Jim Barnes said it's important to find these guns.

"These are our fellow law enforcement officers, and we want to find their guns for them, but we do not want guns on the streets from people that should not have guns," Lt. Barnes said. "And obviously if you're breaking into cars to get guns, you don't need to have them."

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Patrol cars broken into, at Huntsville hotel

Hotel guests saw the commotion during the morning hours.

"It's scary," Tommy Weaver said. "Very scary. We have no clue where they're going."

Constables from Kaufman, Guadalupe, Travis and Victoria counties, among others, were in Huntsville for a law enforcement training conference at Sam Houston State University this week.

Eyewitness News asked Lt. Barnes if the constables' guns were properly secured.

"I do not know," Barnes said.

If you have any information that could help investigators, contact the Huntsville Police Department.

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