2 firearms stolen in burglary at Rep. Karen Bass’s home
A burglar or burglars broke into Rep. Karen Bass’ home on Friday night and fled with two guns, the Los Angeles mayoral candidate said in a statement released Saturday.
In the brief statement, Bass said she returned home on Friday to find signs of a break-in and police were called. She said the thief or thieves stole two firearms, which were “stored securely” but left behind cash, electronics and other valuables.
“It’s nerve-wracking and unfortunately it’s something far too many Angelenos have had to deal with,” said Bass, who lives in the Baldwin Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Bass’ communications director, Sarah Leonard Sheahan, confirmed to The Times that the guns belonged to the MP and were safe in a safe. No one was home at the time of the break-in, Leonard Sheahan said.
Neither Leonard Sheahan’s nor Bass’s statement provided further details, such as the type of weapons stolen.
When contacted for comment after the statement was released, LAPD officials said they were checking their records for more details about the incident.
“We have not released any specific information as to when” the break-in occurred, said Officer J. Chavez, a department spokesman.
Burglaries are up 15% citywide this year compared to last year. Bass and his mayoral rival Rick Caruso have pledged to get tough on crime as part of their campaigns.
Bass’s campaign website notes that “gun violence and homicides in Los Angeles are now at their highest level in fifteen years.”
Bass first learned to handle a gun in Los Angeles in the late 1970s, when she was a California organizer for the Venceremos Brigade, a group founded by young Americans to show solidarity with the Cuban revolution, said reported the Times in 1983.
The group, of which Bass was a leader, was regularly monitored by undercover officers from the Los Angeles Police Department. As one of several plaintiffs, Bass and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the department and several former undercover agents, claiming authorities were illegally spying on them.
During the case, then-LAPD chief Daryl F. Gates accused Bass of going to Cuba to “learn guerrilla warfare,” The Times reported.
At the time, she said the trips were purely educational, to learn about Cuban society and give back to the community.
“No one ever came into contact with the Cuban military or received any kind of military training,” Bass told The Times in 1983. “The person who taught me how to shoot was Officer Jon Dial…He encouraged many different people who had leadership responsibilities in the progressive community in Los Angeles to learn how to use guns.
Dial, The Times reported, was one of the officers prosecuted.
Bass, a six-term congressman representing parts of the Westside and South Los Angeles, has built a double-digit lead over billionaire mall developer Rick Caruso in polls for the mayoral race, less than two month of election day.
The race has intensified in recent days, with Bass and Caruso pressing each other to come clean about their relationship with USC, which has been rocked by multiple scandals in recent years.
Bass is facing new questions about a $95,000 scholarship awarded to her by USC in 2011, which federal prosecutors have said is ‘essential’ to their investigation into allegations of corruption within the USC’s social work program. ‘university.