Politics

2 Guns, Bible Stolen From GOP Rep. Tom Graves’ SUV in Atlanta

Bank information and sensitive ID documents also among items taken

Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., reported multiple stolen items, including two guns, from his SUV last weekend in Atlanta. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two guns, a driver’s license, credit cards, birth certificates, a laptop, and a Bible were among the items stolen last weekend from an SUV that belongs to Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia, Atlanta police said.

The Republican congressman and staffer Travis Loudermilk returned to Graves’ GMC Yukon last Saturday night in downtown Atlanta and drove at least a mile before they discovered the items were missing, according to a police report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Loudermilk is the son of Georgia GOP Rep. Barry Loudermilk.

Investigators later determined the likely thief picked the lock on the driver-side door.

“I hope these knuckleheads will read the Bible and make a return,” Graves said in a statement to the AJC Thursday. “Regardless, I’m very grateful for the swift response of the Atlanta Police Department, the U.S. Capitol Police and other law enforcement officers. I’m confident they will see this incident through to its conclusion.”

The perpetrators apparently swiped numerous highly sensitive financial and identification documents from the vehicle.

Graves' congressional ID, bank cards, a checkbook, passport and Social Security papers were also missing, he told police.

Loudermilk’s Glock 17 pistol and Graves’ firearm — he could not recall the model — were swiped from the SUV's middle console,  according to the police report.

Police have not made any arrests related to the case, which is ongoing.

The U.S. Capitol Police could not immediately be reached to confirm its role in the investigation.

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