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Waterloo teen arrested after stealing rifle from locked cop car

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A Waterloo teen has been arrested after allegedly stealing a rifle from a northeastern Iowa patrol car over the weekend.

Authorities say the 15-year-old boy is charged with smashing the window of a patrol car parked across the street from the Waterloo police station Saturday afternoon and taking an AR-15 rifle from the vehicle.

Police tracked the teen down and recovered the rifle within hours of the robbery.

He has been charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree theft and trafficking in stolen weapons. All charges have been referred to juvenile court.

The Associated Press doesn't usually name juveniles charged with crimes.

The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports the incident prompted the department to inspect its lock policies. Officials are also investigating whether the lock securing the rifle was faulty.

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