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Limestone Co. District Attorney’s county issued AR-15 stolen during car break-in spree

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - Normally District Attorney Brian Jones upholds the law, but this weekend, it was his gun stolen.

Jones tells WHNT that he left his county issued AR-15 inside his state-owned vehicle out on his driveway Sunday night. Thieves broke out the back window of the car and stole only the weapon. Jones claims he takes his AR-15 with him everywhere - to work and usually back into his home at nights, but forgot Sunday night. He said he keeps the assault rifle with him often, just in case an emergency situation occurs, and he might need it.

Jones wasn't the only victim of thieves. He says at least three other people had their cars broken in to. Mitzi Evans had her pistol stolen out of her unlocked car. "I didn't realize it, when I was walking my dog the next morning. I saw my console lid was up," she says. Evans and her husband are already considering adding surveillance cameras so this kind of thing doesn't happen again.

Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson says residents need to be more careful storing guns in their cars. "I don't think its real safe to keep a gun stored in your vehicle unless you know exactly what's going on," he told us. "A vehicle can be broken into easily." He also recommends always keeping ammunition and the firearm separately stored, just for safety reasons.

Athens Police is handling the investigation. They say they already have a few leads on different credit cards that were stolen the same night. They hope the cards can lead them to where the guns might be.

If you saw anything Sunday night, or have any useful information to share, call the Athens Police Department at (256) 233-8700.