MASON CITY — With the help of a tip from two citizens, Mason City police have recovered both weapons stolen from a police vehicle last month.

The department received a call around 6:40 p.m. Tuesday from two citizens who had possibly located the weapons, a semiautomatic Colt M16 A1 rifle and a Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun, Mason City Sgt. Steve Klemas said in a statement.

Klemas said officers met the callers in the 1400 block of North Elm Drive, where all the property was recovered. Twenty-eight rounds of .223-caliber ammunition, 17 shotgun shells with 00 buckshot and 12 slugs had also been taken.

“We don’t believe the people who called have anything to do with the theft,” Mason City Lt. Rich Jensen said Wednesday.

Jensen wouldn’t say where the weapons were found, citing an ongoing investigation. No arrests have been made.

Crime Stoppers offered a $250 reward for information leading to the recovery of the stolen property. Jensen said he wasn’t aware if the individuals who assisted police were given the reward.

Klemas said the police department thanks all citizens who provided information that led to the recovery of the guns, which were taken sometime between June 25 and June 27 from the back seat of an unmarked police vehicle in the 300 block of South Tennessee Avenue.

The officer, who has not been identified, placed the items in the back seat while dealing with a maintenance issue in the trunk. Officials believe one of the vehicle’s doors may not have locked due to a malfunction.

Jensen declined comment on whether the officer had been disciplined, saying it was a personnel matter.

Ashley Miller and John Skipper

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