Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske is “chagrined” over the theft of his gun from his unmarked police car, says the Seattle Times. The weapon was stolen while he shopped with his wife the day after Christmas. “The fact of the matter is that we had in the city of Seattle 58 guns stolen out of cars in 2004,” said police spokesman Sean Whitcomb. “The chief is chagrined, but unfortunately, these type of crimes are not uncommon.”
Kerlikowske thought he pushed the remote-lock device on the car, but the locking device may not have activated, Whitcomb said. Kerlikowske’s gun, which has not turned up, has been registered in the department’s stolen-gun database. The police department is researching whether to install gun safes in unmarked police cars.