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Disturbance at Local Business Leads to Discovery of Stolen Police Equipment

Disturbance at Local Business Leads to Discovery of Stolen Police Equipment

July 26, 2018 11:13 AM

(ABC 6 News) - A panic alarm at a Rochester business Wednesday afternoon led to the recovery of equipment that had been stolen from a Rochester Police Department squad car.

Around 5:30 p.m. officers responded to the Melting Clock Smoke Shop, 130 Elton Hills Drive N.W., where 19-year-old Souleysi Singharath had reportedly threatened a group of people.

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The caller told authorities Singharath may have had some kind of weapon, though none was displayed, and appeared to be wearing a bulletproof vest.

An officer found Singharath outside the business pacing back and forth. He was taken into custody; a search revealed he had a pair of wire cutters in his pocket.

At the Adult Detention Center, it was discovered the bulletproof vest belonged to the Rochester Police Department, said Lt. Mike Sadauskis. 

Lt. Sadauskis said a police vehicle was taken to Rochester Ford for routine maintenance on Tuesday and was returned to the department on Wednesday, but had not gone back out on patrol.

Sadauskis said the squad cars typical go to the dealership with some police gear in them, but never any weapons.

About 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers executed a search warrant at Singharath’s home in the 5700 block of Conway Court N.W., where they recovered an ammunition pouch with two full magazines of AR-15 ammunition, a medical kit and drag straps, all allegedly stolen from the squad car.

Singharath could face felony counts of terroristic threats, using a bulletproof vest while committing a crime and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.

Sadauskis said it’s unclear how Singharath ended up with the police gear, but he reportedly works at a dealership near Rochester Ford.

He remains in custody pending formal charges.

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