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Compton gun theft: Feds offering reward

The thieves grabbed 31 firearms — 23 Beretta .40-caliber pistols, and eight Glock .40-caliber pistols.

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Twenty-three Beretta .40-caliber pistols similar to the one pictured here, were stolen from a vault in the old City Hall building. Photo source: ATF.gov

ATF posts $10K reward for info leading to thieves who took 31 handguns including Berettas, Glocks

COMPTON — The investigation into the theft of 31 high-caliber handguns from a Compton vault, received a significant boost, March 27, with authorities announcing a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the thieves.

Agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives believe the weapons were swiped between March 6 and Aug. 31, 2017, from a vault in the old Compton City Hall building, where they were being stored following the dismantling of the city’s police department in 2000.

The thieves grabbed 31 firearms — 23 Beretta .40-caliber pistols, and eight Glock .40-caliber pistols.

Compton city officials had maintained the former Compton Police Department’s inventory of firearms in its vault in the old City Hall building at 600 N. Alameda St. after the police department was dismantled in 2000, and law enforcement was contracted out to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“Compton’s City Council … determined the LASD should take control of the firearms until a final adjudication was made on whether the Compton Police Department would be restored,” an AFT statement said. “The LASD transferred the firearms to its vault on Aug. 31, 2017, and discovered 23 Beretta .40-caliber pistols and eight Glock .40-caliber pistols were missing from the inventory.”

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the ATF. Anyone with information about the missing firearms was urged to call (800) ATF-GUNS, or the ATF Long Beach office at (818) 265-3760.

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