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November 14, 2013

Letter: Theft of FBI weapons raises concerns

To the editor:

Recent media coverage of the theft of FBI SWAT weapons from a vehicle in Andover has centered on the alleged perpetrator of the crime, with not enough scrutiny of the FBI’s role in the incident. While we should be very concerned about theft -- especially those of weapons -- in our communities, I have grave concern about the opportunity to steal these weapons. Was the vehicle locked? Were the guns inside the vehicle locked? What is FBI policy and procedure on this point?

If a private citizen left unsecured weapons in their vehicle, they could be charged with a crime. The FBI agent and his or her office must be held accountable and the public needs to know what is being done to address this particular incident and prevent future incidents of this nature.

One reason I live in the Andovers is because it is generally a safe and secure community. While local, state, and federal law enforcement offices are working to prevent crime in our neighborhoods, I believe that this incident exposes a weakness in their operations that threatens public security and is counter to their mission.

Deborah L. Lebl

North Andover

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