WILMINGTON -- Police are searching for a replica military rifle and a bulletproof vest before they fall into the wrong hands.
According to authorities, a thief stole the items after breaking into a marine's Chevrolet Tahoe parked outside his house on Dock Street.
The brown vest did not look like the ones used by police officers.
The rifle was an exact replica of an M-4 rifle, but officers said it would be hard for anybody to tell it was not real.
Anybody with information about the rifle or the vest should contact the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 313-3600.
Reported by Sarah Warlick