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      Rifle stolen from marked Oregon State Police car

      LA GRANDE, Ore. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the theft of a semi-automatic rifle from a marked Oregon State Police car.

      The Observer newspaper reports the theft occurred last week in the Eastern Oregon city of La Grande.

      The car was parked at the home of a trooper when someone smashed a window and took the firearm that had been in a mounted locked bracket.

      State and La Grande police investigated the theft, and a team from the OSP Crime Lab in Pendleton assisted.

      La Grande police Sgt. Gary Bell says it's extremely rare for a marked police vehicle to be the target of a break-in.
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