Certain people are risk-takers, while others are too afraid to hide a little extra income from Uncle Sam or even ride a motorcycle. After reading this LA Times article detailing a recent heist pulled on LAPD’s SWAT training site, I’d say calling the thieves that stole more than 30 high-powered firearms fearless would be a solid bet.
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, police officials confirmed.
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, said LAPD Deputy Chief Michael Downing.
Members of the SWAT unit, which specializes in hostage rescues and other high-risk situations, were scheduled to train at the facility Thursday, Downing said. A police officer arriving at the building around 9 a.m. Thursday discovered the weapons were missing, according to Downing. 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.
Downing said the building, although not a guarded LAPD facility, was considered secure. To get to the weapons, the thieves cut through bolt locks on an outside door and two internal doors and forced their way through a metal roll gate, he said.
“I guess ‘secure’ is all relative now,” he said. “It’s embarrassing…. It’s a lesson learned.”
According to sources, the robber’s next heist involves stealing newborn grizzly bear cubs from their mother.