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FL: Stolen SWAT team guns found
Orlando Sentinel ^ | 11/12/06 | n/a

Orlando -- Two teens were arrested Saturday on charges they stole a submachine gun and other weapons from an Orange County deputy sheriff's vehicle.

A witness to a drive-by shooting on Shenandoah Way managed to write down the tag number of the vehicle, which led Orlando police to Blackgum Court, said Orange County Deputy Carlos Padilla.

There, in talking to 18-year-old Kevin Rodriguez, they recovered the automatic machine gun. Police called for the Sheriff's Office, and deputies interviewed Rodriguez and said they later recovered two other weapons used by the SWAT team from the Riverwoods Circle home of Gaston Delgado, 15.

Rodriguez and Delgado each were charged with burglary of a vehicle and grand theft of firearms, both felonies.

Authorities had offered a reward for firearms, which were stolen late Thursday or early Friday from an unmarked Sheriff's Office car.

There was no evidence the SWAT guns were used in the earlier shooting, Padilla said. "We're glad we got these off the street and averted any tragedy," he said.

A policy prohibits leaving firearms in agency vehicles. The deputy, who has not been identified, is under investigation. ... nes-orange
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