Cop Who Fell Asleep in Patrol Car Loses Loaded Gun

Trenton Police Officer Richard Takach lost his fully loaded Glock semi-automatic handgun in Trenton's West Precinct parking lot around 3 a.m. on Monday, according to his attorney

By Jean Casimir and David Chang
|  Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013  |  Updated 6:34 PM EDT
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Trenton Police Officer Richard Takach left his gun on his bumper as he drove off from work late Monday night. Cops continue to search for the firearm. Takach is the same officer who was caught asleep in his patrol car last July. NBC10's Cydney Long reports.

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Trenton Police Officer Richard Takach left his gun on his bumper as he drove off from work late Monday night. Cops continue to search for the firearm. Takach is the same officer who was caught asleep in his patrol car last July. NBC10's Cydney Long reports.

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The cop who was previously caught sleeping in his patrol car last summer is in the news again for another unusual circumstance.

Trenton Police Officer Richard Takach lost his fully loaded Glock semi-automatic handgun in Trenton's West Precinct parking lot around 3 a.m. on Monday, according to his attorney Stuart Alterman.

"It's not a sign of him being careless," said Alterman. "It was an accident. Nobody intentionally loses a weapon. He was changing in and out of his duty uniform to his street clothes. He was transferring his weapon from his duty holster to an off-duty holster. And unfortunately he lost a weapon. He left it on the car or the truck. When he realized it was gone, he called, he drove back to Trenton, they looked for it and he notified his superiors immediately.”

Sources tell the Trentonian that Takach left his gun on the rear bumper of his car as he drove off. The Trentonian reports that once Takach realized his handgun was missing, he contacted Sgt. Steve Wilson. Wilson alerted two officers to check the substation and the patrol car that Takach used, according to the Trentonian. After numerous searches by police officers and a search dog, the weapon still has not been recovered.

Trenton Police are currently launching an internal investigation. Takach, a 15-year veteran, remains on the job and will report for duty Tuesday night.

Takach was suspended in July after a photo of him asleep while in uniform in his patrol car was posted online.

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