SWAT TEAM FAIL.
Police officials confirm that more than 30 firearms, stored overnight at a building considered secure, were stolen. ‘It’s embarrassing…. It’s a lesson learned,’ says Deputy Chief Michael Downing.
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.
An officer discovered the weapons missing from a locked box on the first floor of the downtown L.A. facility on Thursday morning, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The thieves cut through locks on three doors and smashed through a metal roll gate to get to the weapons, which were modified to fire only blanks and set to be used in SWAT team training exercises, the newspaper said.
The stolen weapons included nearly two dozen MP-5 submachine guns and 12 .45-caliber handguns.
Read full story here at the Los Angeles Times website.