The Allegan County patrol rifle that went missing Monday night has been recovered. (Photo by WZZM 13's Blake Naftel)
WAYLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Allegan County Sheriff's Office patrol rifle that went missing from a patrol car Monday night has been found.
According to Lt. Frank Baker, a passerby was driving on Park Street, near Wayland Police Department, when they felt their vehicle drive over something. When the driver went to check what they had hit, it turned out to be the missing rifle. The gun was still in its case.
Police say that the Colt .223 patrol rifle has sustained some damage, but should be okay to use. Lt. Baker believes the person who took the weapon may have become nervous and left it in the road.
The rifle had last been seen behind the Wayland Police Deparment as it was being transferred from one vehicle to the next on Monday night and was reported missing by a deputy Thursday afternoon.