Pharr Police Rifle Found in Mission


POSTED: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 7:21pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 9:24am

Pharr police have found a rifle that has been missing from the police department since 2008. That rifle was found in Mission after Mission police made an arrest.
Mission police were called to Foy's Supermarket in Mission over the weekend after they got a tip that there were three men in possession of firearms in the parking lot.
Police found three three men near a car in the parking lot with a rifle and two pistols.
It's alarming for Roger Castro who comes to this supermarket frequently with his three year old daughter and family to pay bills.

"It's scary you don't know there plans, there are kids around they could be hurt."

The rifle one of the suspects had in his possession came from the Pharr police department. Pharr police says the rifle went missing during an inventory check back in January of 2008. This is one of two rifles that went missing. Castro has his own opinion about the missing rifle from the department.

"Corruption or something for starters, how did that rifles end up in bad hands?"

Pharr police says that rifles were routinely issued out by police supervisors on a daily basis and then following the officers shift the rifles were submitted back to the armory.
Since the incident Pharr police has changed their procedures.
Officers are now personally assigned a rifle and handgun to keep track of the weapons.

As for the three suspects from Weslaco, San Juan, and Edinburg it's unknown why they were in the parking lot or how they got the weapons. Each was charged at the Mission police department.

"Unlawful firearm by a felon, unlawful caring of a weapon, one of them had possession of cocaine."

The Pharr police department says they are closely working with Mission police on this investigation."

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