BLUFFTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Beaufort County deputies say a rifle was stolen early Friday morning from a deputy sheriff's patrol vehicle.
The incident happened in the Alston Park area of Bluffton, deputies say.
The sheriff's office says a command staff inquiry is underway and, once complete, recommendations for disciplinary action for a policy violation will be forwarded to the chief deputy and sheriff for their review.
According to the sheriff’s office, the rifle was not properly secured in accordance with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office policy.
The Bluffton Police Department is investigating the break-in.
Anyone with information on the break-in and weapon theft is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 843-524-2777 or Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.