MPD: gun stolen from officer's patrol car in string of burglaries

Andrew Kossick and Ross Morrow were arrested after a string of burglaries. Photo: Mobile County Jail Log.

Two more teens are behind bars, accused of stealing guns from police officers. FOX10 News has learned one gun, was taken right out of a Mobile Police officer's patrol car.

Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste says investigators are still trying to figure out how many officers were targeted, but they have confirmed it happened at least two times. That's just two of more than twenty guns recovered in an ongoing investigation. We're told a group of teens is behind it all.

This all stems from a police chase last week, where almost a dozen guns were found inside a stolen car.

Police laid out a table full of stolen rifles and shot guns at Mobile Police Headquarters Friday afternoon. This time last week; we saw the same thing, with different guns. More than twenty of them now are off the streets after two more arrests. Investigators say a group of teens got the guns during a string of burglaries. One of the weapons, Chief Battiste says, was stolen from an MPD officer's car.

"When you have a group of individuals that will target law enforcement vehicles for the purpose of stealing weapons, our community needs to be concerned with that," said Battiste.

That's why police have been wanting to talk to 18-year-old Andrew Kossick for a week, after he allegedly crashed a stolen SUV full of stolen guns into a tree trying to get away from police last Thursday. Kossick took off then, but was picked up Thursday night. Another teen connected to Kossick also tried to get away from police on Wednesday. 18-year-old Ross Morrow was arrested after police found him hiding in an attic during a burglary on Kasserine Pass.

"Kossick and Mr. Morrow have made it a habit of either targeting law enforcement residences, or their vehicles. We're certainly concerned about this particular group."

Three teens from that group were arrested after the police chase. Now Kossick and Morrow are behind bars too. Five suspects...twenty-five guns. A big bust for Mobile Police. Now they're urging the community to stay alert.

"We're going to ask for the community's help in protecting their own personal property by insuring that they lock their doors."

Meanwhile, police in Baldwin County are still looking for a powerful weapon: a fully automatic AR-15 rifle. It was stolen from a Fairhope Police officer's personal vehicle during a smash and grab last month.

Battiste wouldn't go into detail about how the Mobile officer's gun was stolen. However, he did say there's a chance the group is responsible for more gun thefts in the city.

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