Two pistols disappear from ‘secure’ area at 90th Precinct stationhouse

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Cops in Williamsburg still haven’t found two 9mm handguns that disappeared from a secure area at the 90th Precinct stationhouse three weeks ago.

Very little is known about how the two high-powered weapons went missing, as only a few details are clear: An officer ending his 4 pm–midnight shift on Aug. 29 left the Glock weapons, two clips and loose bullets in the property room at the Union Avenue stationhouse. When he returned to retrieve the guns at 4 pm the next day, both semi-automatic weapons were gone.

The Brooklyn Paper is withholding the officer’s name because he is considered a crime victim by the NYPD.

Police spokesman Paul Browne said that the investigation by the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau is ongoing.

“The facts in this case are pretty basic,” Browne said. “At some point between when he put [the guns] in the property room and when he went to pick them up the following day, they went missing. That’s all we know at this point.”

An IAB spokesman said the bureau doesn’t comment on pending investigations. Likewise, a spokesman for District Attorney Charles Hynes would neither confirm nor deny that a criminal investigation was underway.

So the mystery continues. It’s not even clear why the officer put the weapons in the property room — which is typically used for storing evidence. Browne said officers usually carry their weapons whether they are on duty or off.

“Occasionally officers safeguard their weapons in the property room, but I wouldn’t say that it’s common,” Browne said.

One of the missing guns, a standard-issue Glock 19, can hold up to 16 rounds — plus one in the chamber. The other pistol, the Glock 26 is also known as a “Baby Glock” because it has a short barrel, a compact frame and a 10-round clip.

The smaller pistol is compatible with all 9mm Glock magazines, meaning it also works with larger clips, according to the manufacturer’s Web site.

Updated 4:32 pm, July 9, 2018
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