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On Friday evening, a burglary at the home of Rep. Karen Bass ended with two firearms stolen.
The news was revealed in a statement released by the Los Angeles mayoral candidate on Saturday.
Bass came home on Friday and found signs of a break-in, prompting her to call the police.
According to her, the thief stole firearms that were “safely and securely stored,” leaving cash, electronics, and other valuables alone.
“It’s unnerving and, unfortunately, it’s something that far too many Angelenos have faced,” said Bass.
Rep. Karen Bass lives in the Baldwin Vista neighborhood in Los Angeles.
The guns and the burglary
Sarah Leonard Sheahan, Bass communications director, confirmed that the Guns belonged to the congresswoman.
She also said they were secured in a Brinks lock box.
According to Leonard Sheahan, the guns were legally registered handguns, and Bass never sought a permit to carry a gun.
She also revealed that no one was home during the break-in.
On Saturday night, the Los Angeles Police Department asked for the public’s assistance in sharing any leads of the burglary suspect.
“Hispanic, standing 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds,” detectives described.
LA crimes and safety
The Los Angeles Times co-sponsored a poll last month that revealed 77% of voters wanted a more grounded candidate who is tough on crime.
The sentiments come from a survey that showed burglaries going up 15% citywide in 2022, and crime has become a key issue in the mayoral race.
In an earlier debate, Bass was asked to rate how safe she feels walking around her neighborhood on a scale of 1 to 10.
“I do feel safe. I would say a 10,” said Bass.
“I feel safe, but I do understand that a lot of people around the city do not feel safe, and I respect that.”
How Karen Bass learned to use a weapon
Bass learned how to handle a weapon in Los Angeles in the late 1970s as a California organizer for the Venceremos Brigade.
The Venceremos Brigade is a group founded to show solidarity with the Cuban revolution, according to The Times in 1983.
Bass says an LAPD officer taught her how to use a weapon.
According to her, the officer “encouraged many different folks who had leadership responsibilities in the LA progressive community to learn how to use weapons.”
LA mayoral election
Karen Bass is a six-term member of Congress that represents parts of the Westside and South Los Angeles.
She built a double-digit lead over Rick Caruso, a billionaire mall developer, in the polls for the mayor’s race less than two months before election day.
Recently, the race intensified, and the two targeted each other regarding their relationship with USC, which has dealt with multiple scandals in recent years.
Bass is facing questions about a $95,000 scholarship USC granted her in 2011.
Federal prosecutors declared the scholarship “critical” to their investigation into alleged corruption within the university’s social work program.
Bass’ campaign targeted Caruso, a USC board member, for failing to keep the women at the university safe.
The attacks are a reference to the sexual abuse allegations against former campus gynecologist George Tyndall.
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