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MASON CITY — The search for the M16 rifle, 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition stolen from an unmarked Mason City Police Department car continued Tuesday.

Police Chief Jeff Brinkley said officers tracked down leads provided by the public and worked old burglary cases to try to find the M16 A1 rifle and Remington 12-gauge shotgun.

The guns and 28 rounds of .223-caliber ammunition, 17 shotgun shells with 00 buckshot and 12 slugs were taken from a police vehicle parked in the 300 block of South Tennessee Avenue.

“We are still following up on information and what we think are the next best steps for possible places for these to surface,” Brinkley said.

The guns and ammunition have not been found.

Authorities believe the items were stolen between Friday afternoon and Monday morning.

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The theft was discovered Monday morning.

Mason City police officers went door to door Monday in the neighborhood where the guns were taken but did not find the weapons.

Police would not release the name of the officer involved.

The department says the officer had moved the guns from the trunk into the back seat to deal with a maintenance issue and that a lock on one of the car doors may have malfunctioned.

The incident will be reviewed by the department, Brinkley said.

Anyone with information about the case can call Mason City police at 641-421-3636 or Crimestoppers of North Central Iowa at 800-383-0088.

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