Skip to comments.Five Arrested in SWAT Weapons Theft Case
Posted on 10/29/2011 1:23:46 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
Los Angeles - Los Angeles police detectives arrested five suspects in connection with the burglary of a SWAT training facility in downtown Los Angeles, in which non-operable training weapons were stolen between October 12th and 13th.
During the course of the investigation LAPD Detectives developed significant leads resulting in the service of search warrants at multiple locations on Thursday, October 27th and early morning hours of Friday, October 28th.
The search warrants resulted in the recovery of three weapons stolen during the burglary and the arrest of five suspects in connection with the crime.
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Not saying I am on top of every detail of this case, but this is the first time I have heard the term “non-operable” used in conjunction with the weapons. In fact, I think I recall that the weapons were previously described as “fully functional”.
I am aware that some non-ops can be converted to ops, some of them fairly easily.
But one has to wonder...if these are “never gonna work” with welded-shut barrels and receivers...why would they have been stolen?
...non-operable training weapons were stolen between October 12th and 13th.
Couldn’t be left over props from the 70s?
Going down to Mexico?
“why would they have been stolen?”
No one has ever accused robbers of being geniuses
They were meant as TV and stage props, and training aids, but had all the inner detail you could want. They field stripped like the original, barrel nut unscrewed, and a good many of the outer parts, sights, sling, stocks and such, were real.
You could rack the cocking handle back, and the only thing they wouldn't do is actually shoot. Some models, notably the Uzi, had a special cased round with a primer that was powerful enough to kick the bolt back and eject the case. They would even seat real magazines.Why they existed is beyond me, but Lard Assed Teddy had a spasm and they were a major reason that cap guns have a red plastic muzzle, these days, by federal mandate.
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