LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)-- The La Crosse County Sheriff's Department is investigating a break-in at one of the deputy's homes in the township of Onalaska.
It happened sometime between 8 Thursday morning and 3 Friday afternoon, when the deputy was out of town.
The stolen items are what an officer carries on their duty belt, and the belt is the only item that has been recovered. It was found near I-90 and STH 35, just north of George Street in La Crosse.
Some of the items still missing include two 40 caliber pistols, loaded magazines, two sets of handcuffs, pepper spray and a yellow taser. A silver La Crosse County Sheriff's Deputy badge was also taken.
"If they were one of our officers, they would also have a county issued identification to go along with that," said John Siegel, an investigator with the sheriff's department. "So if someone just flashes a badge at you and says, 'I'm a police officer,' that's really not enough to know whether or not that person is. All of our deputies carry identification issued by the county."
Investigator Siegel says it is common for deputies to keep these items at home. He says the just have to make sure they are not readily accessible, and any area is vulnerable in a break in.
The sheriff's department is still investigating whether or not the deputy was targeted because of their position with the department.
Police are still looking for suspects. Some witnesses observed a black full sized pick-up truck in the area Thursday. If you have information, call 608-784-8477.
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