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31 Beretta, Glock pistols disappear from Compton safe

Dec. 20, 2012: A customer tests a Glock 20 10 mm pistol in a gun shop in Phoenix, Arizona. Eight Glock .40-caliber pistols were stolen from a Compton city hall vault somewhere in the past year, officials said Tuesday.

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Dozens of guns are missing from a vault in a former California city hall and now the federal officials are offering a $10,000 reward for information about the arsenal’s whereabouts.

The officials of the ATF’s Los Angeles division announced the reward on Tuesday and said: 23 Beretta and eight Glock .40-caliber pistols were taken from the old Compton city Hall at 600 N. Alameda St. between March and August of last year, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“There were several people who were working and who had the combination. I had access to the combination,” Compton City Manager Cecil Rhambo told KABC in February, when the first messages came from the guns’ disappearance. “But in the course of the years, I have no idea of the number, more than 17 years of age, who still had access to that combination.”

The city of Compton began saving about 200 guns in the safe in 2000 after the police department was disbanded and its responsibilities taken over by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the LA Times reported.

All of the now-stolen guns stayed in the safe — who had heavy metal doors and a combination lock — until last year. The sheriff’s department they are counted during an inventory check-in March 2017, but when they return in August to move the weapons to another location, they were missing.

“There were some department of the police weapons. There were a number of weapons with no owner of the file, some of the guns registered to other people, any evidence of weapons there are,” Rhambo, a former assistant Los Angeles County sheriff, told KABC.

The station has indicated that no cameras were active in the building at the time of the guns’ disappearance, and Daryl Thomas, the resident agent of the ATF’s Long Beach office, told the LA Times that there was no sign of damage to the safe.

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