Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department arrests suspect for stealing a Department owned shotgun.
On Thursday, July 31, 2014, around 1:00 p.m., a Los Angeles Police Motorcycle Officer discovered that his Remington 870 Shotgun had been dislodged from his Department motorcycle. It is believed that the locking mechanism designed to secure the firearm was defective and/or broken which allowed the weapon to disengage from the motorcycle’s shotgun rack and fall into the street where it was taken by a bystander.
The LAPD began an immediate systematic search for the shotgun and suspect(s) in the area of Bronson Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard in LAPD’s Southwest Division.
During the search, Captain Paul Snell, Commanding Officer of LAPD’s Southwest Division spoke to the media and requested the public’s help in locating the shotgun. In addition, officers and investigators from LAPD’s Southwest, South Traffic, Gang and Narcotics and Major Crimes Divisions all partnered in the investigation to search for the missing firearm and the suspects who may have taken the weapon.
As a direct result of their collective investigative efforts and the public’s help, the shotgun was recovered just a few miles away from where it was taken, within just one day after it was stolen.
Additionally, one suspect was taken into custody for stealing the shotgun. Suspect Takee Williams, a 43-year-old resident of Los Angeles was booked for Grand Theft and is being held on $35,000 bail.
The Los Angeles Police Department would like to thank the public for its help in recovering the missing firearm.
For more information, please call LAPD Media Relations Section at (213) 486-5910.