11 Training Weapons Stolen from State Police Firearms Training Unit in Simsbury | NECN

11 Training Weapons Stolen from State Police Firearms Training Unit in Simsbury

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    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016)

    Someone broke in and stole several simulation firearms from the state police firearms training unit in Simsbury, police said. 

    Last Friday, Simsbury police responded to a burglary alarm at the Connecticut State Police Firearms Training Unit at 100 Nod Road but cleared the scene once they checked that the door was still locked, according to state police. 

    Police believe the perpetrators forced entry on the second floor.

    The following Monday around 7 a.m., troopers assigned to the training unit discovered 11 Sig Sauer P220s and 11 simulation magazines missing.

    The weapons, used for training, are non-lethal and have been set up to shoot paintballs, however, they can be altered to fire ammunition, Connecticut State Police told NBC Connecticut. 

    "We have had burglaries of state buildings in the past," Trooper First Class Kelly Grant said. "So, unfortunately, it is not uncommon. It's certainly not something we want."

    Police said the guns are not black but instead, painted different colors. The training firearms can be identified by its serial numbers. 

    Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact state police at (860) 534-1000 or text TIP711 with the information to 274637. All tips can be made confidentially.