From Channel 5’s website:

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police say a thief has hit a police officer’s home, stealing two uniforms and a handgun.

Two questions: Why was the gun not locked in a safe, so that kids (or burglars) could not get at it?  And how did he enter the house — did he break a window?  Was a door left unlocked?  You can’t completely burglar-proof any home, but you can get pretty close.  Tough windows and doors, for one thing… but if there were an alarm system, the guy would have scampered away as soon as it went off.

Sgt. Lori Lavorato says officials are concerned the thief may try to impersonate a police officer. She’s warning residents to be wary of anyone wearing a police uniform without a badge or an officer’s utility belt.

The gun is bad enough, but now we have to be suspicious of any officer we interact with, thanks to a cop who couldn’t keep his house secure.

She says if anyone is suspicious, asked the officer for a Des Moines police photo ID or call the police department for verification.

Oh, you bet I will.  Not to mention asking to see his badge and utility belt.

I guarantee that if every citizen who interacts with a cop this weekend demands to see his photo ID, badge, and belt, this will never happen again.  All of this might seem like a small thing, but it isn’t.  Because an officer allowed this to happen, a criminal now has a gun and several police uniforms.

That’s serious stuff.


Lolo Jones, a Des Moines native and track and field athlete, has posed nude for ESPN Magazine (photo below).  Jones has competed in the Olympics several times, and she apparently cares deeply for her home city and state.  From Wikipedia:

While visiting Des Moines for the Drake Relays, she made a surprise visit to her alma mater, Roosevelt High School, to deliver a pair of new Asics running shoes for each member of the school’s track team. She also delivered a $3,000 check to buy indoor practice hurdles and for improvements to repair the school’s track surface.

In July 2008, while back in Des Moines for a send-off ceremony before the 2008 Summer Olympics, Jones donated her $4,000 prize she earned from winning the 100-meter hurdles at the Olympic trials to Renee Trout, a single mother from Cedar Rapids, Iowa who was hit by the Iowa flood of 2008. Asics and Oakley each matched Jones’ $4,000 prize, bringing the total donation to $12,000.[19] After the sendoff ceremony, Jones flew with Trout to Cedar Rapids aboard a private jet provided by the Iowa Farm Bureau to tour the neighborhoods affected by the flood, including Trout’s.

No word on how much money she received from ESPN, but she has a habit of donating to those in need.

Lolo Jones posed naked for a recent issue of ESPN magazine.

Lolo Jones posed naked for a recent issue of ESPN magazine.

At approximately 12:10pm today, there was a bank robbery in Story County.  The suspect allegedly brandished a sawed-off shotgun.  He is described as a white male wearing blue jeans, wearing a black ski mask and a winter coat.  He is driving a blue sedan with the license plates 938 POI.