LAPD SWAT weapons stolen?
October 17, 2011 by staff
The 15 MP-5 submachine guns and pistols Colt .45 15 were modified to fire small plastic bullets, similar to those used in paintball, the commander of police in Los Angeles. Andrew Smith, said.
“These weapons are not functional,” said Smith. “They will not fire bullets. You can not fire bullets without major modifications.”
The commander. Smith noted that, although feasible, the conversion of a modified gun back to non-lethal use is not easy. In many cases the effort required the expertise of a gunsmith.
The weapons were moved to safe training facilities at 14th and San Pedro streets the night of October 12 in preparation for a scheduled workout the next day, according to a police spokesman in Los Angeles.
The weapons, which were placed in a locked box on the first floor of the multistory building, were discovered by a police officer Oct. 13 at 9 am
A series of doors were broken to recover the weapons and the thieves are believed to have left the scene prematurely because the electrical equipment is left stacked near the back door.
There were no surveillance cameras in the room so that the weapons were stolen, said Deputy Chief Michael Downing to Los Angeles Times.
Commercial crime detectives are conducting an investigation into the theft. Office of Professional Standards Department is responsible for an internal investigation into personnel matters. LAPD hopes to recover stolen weapons.
With the SWAT arsenal just a mile from the training center, questions arose as to why the weapons were housed overnight in a storage area less protected.
Smith said the questions relating to the transfer of weapons and accessibility of weapons will be addressed in the internal investigation.
Still unknown whether the theft was the work of professional or commercial thieves.
“This could be one of those commercial burglaries we see the center of times someone happens to get lucky and get some of our arms or may be something more than that, Smith said.” We’re not sure yet. “
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