Sheriff’s Dept. handgun stolen
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | January 16,2013
A member of the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department had his sidearm stolen from his Clarendon home Tuesday.
Vermont State Police, which is investigating the theft, said the department-owned .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic was taken along with several checkbooks, a credit card and about $2,000 in cash from the East Clarendon Road home of Lt. Frank Wilk Jr.
Police said the gun was loaded, but that the unidentified burglar did not get any more ammunition than what was in it.
Sheriff Steve Benard said the department has no specific policy on securing weapons in the home, but Wilk’s pistol was locked in a gun safe.
“They cracked open the whole safe,” Trooper Michael Tietz said. “He did everything he could reasonably do.”
Benard said police having firearms stolen from their homes is not unheard of.
“We haven’t had, but there’s other agencies that have had weapons stolen from residences,” he said. “It’s been, if I recall, two or three times in the last five years. The criminal doesn’t know whose house he’s breaking into when he’s breaking into it. He finds the gun, he takes it like he would anyone else’s.”
The guns are generally recovered, Benard said.
“I don’t know of one that hasn’t been recovered,” he said. “That doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened.”
Tietz said the break-in, accomplished by smashing a window on a door, happened after 12:30 p.m. and was reported shortly after 3 p.m.
“There are always break-ins in that Clarendon-Shrewsbury area,” he said. “I can’t say if this one is a stand-alone.”
Wilk was out on leave due to injuries he suffered last week thwarting an escape attempt. Wilk was bringing prisoners back from court to the Rutland jail, police said, when one kicked out the window of the transit van and ran. Wilk chased the prisoner out of the jail’s garage and suffered bruised ribs as the man was recaptured in the parking area.
Benard said Tuesday that Wilk was recovering, but slowly.
“He’s got some pretty banged up ribs,” Benard said. “He’s going to be out for a while.”
Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call 773-9101. Tips may also be submitted anonymously at vtips.info or by texting to “CRIMES” (274637) using the keyword “vtips.”