Court opened at 0900. At 1030, a veteran court officer noticed something was missing — his sidearm. With a sinking feeling, he realized he’d last been certain he it in the restroom — one used by various suspicious types such as suspects, other cops, and even the worst of the worst: attorneys.
Naturally, when he rushed to the restroom and re-examined his stall, it was gone. The court officers helped search. The town cops helped search. State troopers helped search. But no trace of the Glock was found. The ABA Journal (see, we told you it was the lawyers):
A pistol forgotten in the men’s room of a Derry, New Hampshire, circuit courthouse has gone missing.
Officials say an unidentified security officer put his Glock handgun down there Monday and didn’t remember to pick it up, reports WMUR. Soon it was gone.
State police searched the area with a K-9 unit, to no avail.
An investigation is ongoing, although the incident is considered to be an accident.
The officer in question is suspended, with pay.
For years we thought the little drill Army MPs went through at guard mount, checking their nine sensitive items, was silly. But somebody who’d internalized that culture wouldn’t walk out of the crapper, leaving a present behind for any of the local gangbangers. Would he?
In related news, the ATF M4 that was stolen while two married (to other people) officers had a tryst is still missing. And they didn’t even get suspended!
Moral of story, if you think it’s too much effort to keep track of your firearms, get a job as a Fed. No one will expect it of you.
In all seriousness, this is one reason why belt loops beat a belt clip on your holster.