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Panama police recover 17 pistols stolen from Costa Rican authorities

Panama’s National Police recovered today at least 17 of the 215 Glock 9mm pistols stolen from a facility belonging to Costa Rica’s Public Works and Transport Ministry in San José Jan. 30.

At a press conference Friday morning, Jorge Rojas, director of the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ),said the guns were found in a house, and two unidentified suspects were taken into custody by local authorities.

During the raid, Panamanian police also found $11,000 dollars and empty bullet clips.

Rojas also said that his office is in contact to retrieve the stolen weapons from Panamanian authorities.

On Feb. 3, OIJ agents recovered 56 pistols in a raid in San José.They are still searching for the remaining ones.

Thieves also stole bulletproof vests and police uniforms, which were slated to be put into service by members of the Traffic Police. The director of Traffic Police, César Quirós, and three others were suspended on Feb. 2, due to the robbery.

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