RUTLAND — A Vermont State Police cruiser and a patrol rifle were stolen in the early this morning prompting a vigorous investigation by state law enforcement.
Between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4:40 a.m., an unidentified individual stole the cruiser from outside a residence in Rutland City.
The vehicle was later discovered in another location within the city, but the Sig Sauer patrol rifle, initially secured inside the cruiser, had been forcefully taken.
Surveillance cameras in the vicinity managed to capture images of the suspect wielding the stolen rifle.
In efforts to expedite the investigation and ensure public safety, a photo of the suspect has been attached to the official police release.
VSP is appealing to the public for assistance in identifying the suspect and gathering further information on the theft. Individuals with potential leads or details that could aid the ongoing investigation are urged to get in touch with the Vermont State Police in Rutland at 802-773-9101.
While further specifics surrounding the incident remain scarce, VSP commits to keeping the public updated as the investigation advances.