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St. Paul police officer's service gun stolen from SUV

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ROSEVILLE, Minn. -

A St. Paul Police Officer has allowed his gun to get into the wrong hands.

On Tuesday, Sgt. Thomas Arnold made a police report with the Roseville Police Department. Arnold thought he had locked his SUV -- which was parked in the driveway with his Roseville home, but on Tuesday morning, he discovered his Glock 17 9-mm service issued handgun was missing from the center console.

Arnold reported there was no damage from a break-in and no physical evidence, but the gun and black, off -duty holster was nowhere to be found.

St. Paul Police spokesman Howie Padilla said, "Anytime a department issued piece of equipment goes missing they conduct an internal inquiry."

Padilla added that Sgt. Arnold continued his normal police duties today.

Kirk Monson, owner of Bills Gun Shop told FOX 9 News he's not surprised.

"It can happen to anybody, but it shouldn't happen to anybody. Complacency is the biggest problem with firearms," said Monson.

Heather Martens, with Protect Minnesota, agrees the officer should have at least used a safe within his car to lock up the gun, which she says should be unloaded, more securely.

"Most guns are stolen from private homes. It's relatively rare it happens with a police officer because they do have better training," said Martens. "This is a reminder to any gun owner out there: Remember to store your gun safely so it doesn't endanger your kids or have it end up on the street."

Monson said he hopes the gun doesn't get into the wrong hands on the black market, and believes the officer has likely learned a valuable lesson.

"I feel horrible for him," says Monson. "I'm sure he got in trouble at work, he's going to be on the news. I feel bad for him. We make mistakes."

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