LOS ANGELES-21 MP-5 submachine guns and 12 .45 caliber handguns were stolen from a building used to store equipment for the LAPD SWAT Team.
Police are not sure if the theft was an inside job and are currently investigating the matter.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
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.