A Galveston SWAT officer is in hot water after his guns were stolen from a locked car outside his home in League City.
Chief Henry Porretta says one firearm was an M16 rifle which is heavily regulated.
"No reputable or legal firearms enthusiast or business would be able to take that gun legally," Porretta tells KTRH News. "Anybody who is even in possession of that weapon is subject to federal crimes."
Porretto says his department is reviewing it's policies as the investigation continues.
"Police agencies all over the country, their officers have weapons in their vehicles which are broken into and are stolen," he says. "Its unfortunate that it happened, regardless the officer is responsible for the care, custody and control of those weapons."
Porretta says whomever has it should just turn it over to a nearby police or fire station.