An off duty Joplin police officer had his department issued rifle, two uniforms and his personal truck stolen from his garage last night. With a little luck, and some outstanding detective work, cops recovered all of the stolen items late this afternoon.

Lt. Brian Lewis says "detectives with the department were out looking for their fellow officers stolen pick-up truck when they got lucky and spotted it."

By the time cops had caught up with the stolen 2007 Dodge Ram, "the male occupant had fled the vehicle and ditched the firearm nearby the vehicle." Lewis said, "the investigation is continuing and they have developed several solid leads and hope to have a suspect in jail very soon."

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