A loaded service firearm was stolen from an off-duty sheriff's deputy in north Stockton Wednesday morning.
The San Joaquin County sheriff's deputy had stopped at a Quik Stop convenience story on the 3500 block of West Hammer Lane about 6:30 a.m., according to Stockton police. Police spokesperson Officer Joe Silva said the deputy left the weapon in a backpack in his unlocked vehicle. The deputy saw a man and a woman take the backpack and ran out of the store to confront them. The pair were in their vehicle at that point and starting to drive off when the deputy saw one of the thieves reach into the backpack.
Silva said the deputy thought the thief was possibly reaching for the loaded gun so he backed off.