The six guns stolen from the Nolanville Police Department over the weekend were not locked away, according to a highly-placed law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation. Instead, the weapons were sitting out somewhere inside police headquarters, the source told Channel Six.
The weapons, along with an unspecified amount of ammunition, were stolen early Saturday morning. At the time of the theft, the only officer on duty was out on patrol, leaving the building empty, investigators said.
Major T.J. Cruz, spokesperson for the Bell County Sheriff's Office, said a mixture of guns were stolen but declined to offer specifics on the ongoing investigation.
Reached by phone Monday, Nolanville's Interim Police Chief Michael Hatton said his department stores a number of guns at any given time, including ones seized as evidence. He did not say why the stolen guns were there, but he did confirm the weapons did not belong to any of his officers.
At this point, the stolen weapons have not been linked to any other crimes. And, Major Cruz said there was no evidence the break-in was an inside job.
There have been no arrests and no suspects identified, investigators said.
The Nolanville Police Department has operated out of a former school building on North 5th Street for a little less than two years. The department has five employees, Chief Hatton said.
Anyone with information on the theft should call the Bell County Sheriff's Department at 254-933-5412.