Man admits stealing Super Bowl gas masks, bomb detector

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man will serve 20 months in prison for stealing gas masks and a bomb detector from law officers during Super Bowl week in downtown Minneapolis.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says 46-year-old Emitt Long was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to theft.

According to the complaint, a witness told police he saw Long take items out of a parked car Jan. 30, put them in his own car and drive off. Law officers approached and said the case in the car contained radiation and bomb-detection equipment, to be used for Super Bowl security.

Officers traced Long’s car registration and arrested him. He told police he threw everything away except for two gas masks, because he wanted to smoke marijuana out of them.

All of the missing items were recovered.

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