LOST HILLS (CBSLA.com) — Authorities have issued a public safety alert following the possible theft of a bean bag shotgun from the trunk of a sheriff’s patrol car.
Deputies with the Lost Hills Sheriff’s station said the gun was discovered missing or stolen after deputies drove from Agoura Hills to Hollywood.
On Saturday morning, around 7:30, two Lost Hills deputies placed a stun bag shotgun — with yellow markings — in a black canvas carrying case into the trunk of their patrol vehicle at the station in Agoura Hills. They then left the station to handle a child abuse call that was reported at a hospital in Hollywood.
The deputies drove on the 101 Freeway in Calabas, on the eastbound 101 to the southbound 405. They reportedly exited at Skirball Center and then went north. From there, they got on the southbound 101. Around 8:30 a.m., deputies said they exited the freeway at Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
At this time, they were flagged down by a passerby who told them their trunk was ajar.
The deputies turned east on Sunset and pulled over. They got out of their car and noticed the trunk was ajar about 2-3 inches. An inventory revealed the bean bag shotgun and its carrying case were missing. All other equipment was accounted for.
Various law enforcement agencies — including the LAPD and CHP — joined in an extensive search of the route the deputies had traveled.
Officials said the shotgun is loaded with four bean bag shells but can operate as a regular gun if loaded with live shotgun rounds.
If you have any information about this incident, please contact investigators at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station at (818) 878-1808.