A gun, law enforcement badge and credentials were stolen from an FBI agent’s car on Saturday in Contra Costa County, officials said.

The items were stolen at about 12:15 p.m. on Lafayette Circle in Lafayette, according to a brief statement by the FBI’s field office in San Francisco. The agency said it is working with the Lafeyette Police Department to recover the .40 caliber Glock 22 pistol, law enforcement badge and credentials “in the interest of public safety.”

It was unclear if the items were safely stored in the vehicle or if the agent would be disciplined for leaving the items in the car.

“The investigation remains ongoing and we cannot provide further comment at this time,” the FBI said.

The incident happened at a parking lot adjacent to American Kitchen, according to the restaurant’s owner, Victor Ivry. The agent was having brunch with four other individuals at the restaurant when a person in the parking lot “chose to go up” to a white Kia and “smashed the right rear,” Ivry told The Chronicle.

“It happened in a matter of seconds,” he said.

He said he spoke to the group after the break-in and learned that the agent was from out of town. The agent’s vehicle was the only car broken into from about 10 cars parked in the lot, Ivry said.

The agent was not wearing any official attire that made it clear he was an FBI agent, he said.

Saturday’s theft was reminiscent of a 2017 incident in which a submachine gun and a bulletproof vest were stolen from a special agent’s vehicle in the Concord-Orinda-Lafayette area.

In September 2016, then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill requiring people who leave guns in unattended vehicles, including law enforcement officers, to lock them in a trunk or in a container that is not left in plain sight.

The law was a response to incidents in which firearms stolen from officers’ vehicles were used in killings, including the deaths of Kathryn Steinle, who was shot in 2015 on San Francisco’s Pier 14, and Oakland muralist Antonio Ramos.

Jessica Flores is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: jessica.flores@sfchronicle.com. Twitter: @jesssmflores



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