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LAPD SWAT Weapons Stolen from Training Facility

October 17, 2011  | 

A cache of Los Angeles Police Department submachine guns and handguns was stolen last week from a secured building used by the department's SWAT unit, raising fears that the weapons, which police had altered to fire only blanks, could be converted back to lethal use.

The weapons, which include 21 MP-5 submachine guns and 12 large caliber handguns, were moved Wednesday night to a multistory building at 14th and San Pedro streets downtown and stored in a locked box on the building's first floor, LAPD Deputy Chief Michael Downing tells the Los Angeles Times.

A police officer arriving at the building around 9 a.m. Thursday discovered the weapons were missing. The officer also found electrical equipment stacked near a back door, indicating the burglars may still have been working and fled when the officer arrived.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Tags: LAPD, Police Equipment Thefts, Submachine Guns


Comments (9)

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Ray Bradbury @ 10/17/2011 1:37 PM

Why were the weapons not secured in a police facility? I don't think LAPD has a great security record.

Candy Carpenter @ 10/17/2011 6:05 PM

I want this investigated thoughly leave no stone or rumor or hint or hearsay or piece or paper unturn. Call forensics and see if you can pick up a cologne or prefume scent leave nonthing to chance. Candy

Ethan @ 10/17/2011 6:54 PM

Why were the guns not treated like normal weapons? The guns should of been stored in an alarmred vault per federal regs for storage of submachine guns and such.

Hugh @ 10/17/2011 8:32 PM

Maybe an illegal stole them and then sold them to get money to pay LA County back for the college educations that each of his offsprings recieved!

Morning Eagle @ 10/17/2011 10:35 PM

Apparently it was NOT a "secured" facility! Even though they had been altered to only fire blanks that is no excuse for lax security. Anyone that knows what they are doing can almost undoubtedly alter the alterations and make them lethal again. The thieves probably didn't realize they were not servicable and thought they had found a gold mine.

DEADMAN @ 10/17/2011 11:58 PM

You'll probably read about some moron loading one of the weapons with live ammo and having an accident,in the mean time i would pull everybody in that knew of the weapons going to that facility and fire the one that thought of it.Really really smart.

CRASH @ 10/18/2011 4:09 AM

Another article on this subject explained that the suspects cut through a get, and two locked doors. So, before anyone gets too excited, they weren't lying on the sidewalk for anyone to take.

kckiss3101 @ 10/18/2011 9:47 AM

Okay we all know how easy it is to change parts. The selector mechanism for the blank firing mp5 is the exact same as the selector for the civilian version that is semi auto only. It will take 2 minutes to change the selector mechanism out to make 21 select fire civilian guns. Sounds like PD may have its own little fast and furious incident to investigate.

john russell @ 10/18/2011 7:51 PM

OH No these dangerous weapons could end up in IRAQ or maybe Pakistan ....? "NOT" they would probably laugh at such tiny weapons...trust me most gangsters could not take apart a simple 1911 so doubt any worries about these. With all the AKs about 9mms not on the most wanted list anymore. They will probably pop up in Mexico anyway sooner or later who knows?

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