Federal charges after MSP rifle stolen

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man faces federal charges for having a rifle stolen from an off-duty Michigan State Police sergeant’s truck.

Todd Jeffrey Simmons was charged in the Grand Rapids federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The sergeant’s badge and state-issued Colt M-16 rifle were stolen from his truck as it was parked at the Grandville Holiday Inn Express overnight between Aug. 20 and Aug. 21, 2013, MSP said.

The thief smashed the truck window to get in and also took personal items.

The gun and badge were not visible from outside the truck, MSP says, and there is no way the thief could have known the vehicle belonged to a police officer.

MSP troopers are required to carry a handgun while off-duty. They are not required to carry a rifle. However, carrying a rifle off-duty is not against policy. In fact, some assignments require additional firearms.

Banner would not give additional details regarding the sergeant’s activities, but did say he is in special operations.

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