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Reserve cop loses his car, badge and gun to thief-arsonist

November 8, 2012 |  9:19 am

He's a car-theft victim who may be uniquely qualified to find out who stole his car and then set it on fire late Wednesday night in El Monte.

Authorities in El Monte said Thursday they are looking for the person who stole a Monrovia man's car and then abandoned it and set it on fire.

Besides being a Los Angeles County firefighter, the victim is also a San Fernando Police Department reserve officer, authorities said.

Inside the stolen automobile was the reserve officer's badge and service weapon. The car's owner is a Los Angeles County firefighter who volunteers in his spare time with the San Fernando Police Department in the San Fernando Valley.

Investigators reportedly found the reservist's San Fernando police badge in the burned vehicle but did not find the police department's gun.

Police in El Monte and Monrovia said they are investigating the theft and arson but have no suspects.

A San Fernando police spokesman said the reservist did not violate city policy since the stolen car was privately owned and its contents are considered personal property.

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