Riot gear stolen from National Guard armory in California

Thieves cut through a chain-link fence surrounding the armory, and stole the gear, but no weapons nor ammunition, police said.

Updated: November 5, 2020 - 12:06pm

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Riot gear was stolen from a National Guard armory in Southern California during an Election Day break-in, police said.

Thieves cut through a chain-link fence surrounding the armory, and stole the gear, but no weapons nor ammunition, according to Officer Eliseo Guerrero, a spokesman for the Ontario Police Department.

The stolen equipment included expandable batons, shields, face shields, body restraints and megaphones, Guerrero said. The gear was stored inside a large metal locker.

The theft was discovered when an armory employee noticed the cut fence on Nov. 3, police said. No suspects have been identified.

Thefts have occurred at other National Guard sites in the past. A large cache of arms and ammunition, including rifles, machine guns, and grenade launchers, were stolen in 1974 from an armory in Compton, California. Weapons were taken in 2015 from an armory in New Albany, Indiana.

Ontario is about 35 miles east of Los Angeles.

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