Officer loses grenade launcher, random citizen returns it


May 27, 2021

Royal Canadian Mounted Police are seeing red after a random citizen returned a 40mm Abrams Airborne Less Lethal Multi-Launcher that had fallen from one of their vehicles. The launcher is often used for crowd control firing less-lethal munition like smoke, pepper spray, and rubber projectiles.

The launcher was “misplaced” sometime during the early morning hours on Sunday, July 23 near Golden Ears Bridge in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

A driver noticed the canopy of the RCMP vehicle was open and flagged down the Integrated Emergency Response Team officer. The officer checked the vehicle and discovered several items were missing.

After they were unable to locate the missing items, the RCMP issued a statement to the public asking for information about two backpacks that were missing from the vehicle.

“We are very concerned about the loss of these items and are doing all we can to locate them,” RCMP S/Sgt. Annie Linteau said in a press release reported by Global News, Canada. “We ask anyone who locates these items to refrain from handling them and to call police immediately.”

The following day a Canadian citizen located the launcher along with ammunition and some electronic equipment.

What would you say to the officer responsible?