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8:10 AM Thu, Sept. 20th

Prescott police recover officer's gun

PRESCOTT - A telephone call from an anonymous person led Prescott Police to Officer John File's missing handgun.

Lt. Ken Morley said the caller gave police a general location of a public mailbox in Prescott Valley. U.S. Postal Service employees opened the box and found the black Glock Model 22, .40-caliber handgun Thursday.

Morley said File was at the department's substation next to the Fry's grocery store at 950 Fair St. on March 24 when he went to the store to use the bathroom. Morley said File unholstered his gun and placed it on the back of the toilet, but when he received an emergency call, he left the restroom without reholstering the gun on his belt.

"We responded immediately with an investigation by searching the store, looking at surveillance tapes and through garbage cans," Morley explained on April 1. "Our concern was that a child or a teen had gone inside the bathroom. Fortunately, the surveillance tapes showed about five or six different adults going into the restroom."

Morley said PPD was waiting for someone to try to swap it at a pawn shop, but when that did not happen in eight days, Morley made a plea to the public.

Morley said investigators are processing evidence and following leads to find the person that took the gun from the bathroom and placed it in the mailbox.