The search for a man who made off with a patrol rifle after stealing, then abandoning, a Vermont State Police cruiser continues Wednesday.

The thefts took place outside a home in Rutland City between 2 a.m. and 4:40 a.m. Tuesday. The cruiser was later found, but the Sig Sauer patrol rifle that had been secured in the vehicle had been forcibly removed, state police said.

Surveillance video in the area captured images of the suspect carrying the rifle. For several hours Tuesday afternoon, troopers flooded an area on West Street and urged the public and motorists to avoid the area.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s identity or who might be able to assist investigators in this case is asked to call the Vermont State Police in Rutland at 802-773-9101.

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