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Gun belonging to Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel stolen from his SUV

Posted: 6:18 PM, May 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-31 18:18:05-04

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel says he feels like he's being "revictimized" when responding to criticism that he left his handgun inside his vehicle overnight last weekend.

Around 4:20 Saturday morning, the former sheriff's Glock was stolen from the center console of his Ford Explorer that was parked outside his Macomb Township home. 

Hackel says the focus should only be on the criminal who walked off with his gun. 

Hackel tells 7 Action News that he locked his vehicle and that surveillance video, which has not been released, shows a man walking up to the SUV with some sort of device in hand and making a motion with it.

The vehicle's interior and exterior lights pop on before the thief touches the door handle, according to Hackel who believes some sort of computerized device was used to unlock his vehicle.

Security experts told 7 Action News that some crooks are using high tech devices to intercept the communication from key fobs and vehicles.

Some security experts suggest manually locking and unlocking your vehicle, while others suggest keeping key fobs in tin cans or wrapped in tin foil until security systems in vehicles can catch up to the latest in high tech crimes.  

Two other vehicles in Hackel's neighborhood also had items including gift card stolen from them, according to Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham who said it's unclear if those vehicles were left unlocked.

Wickersham said people should not leave valuables inside vehicles and make sure their vehicles are locked.