2 arrested in burglary at Rep. Karen Bass’ home, LAPD says

Two people are in custody in connection with the burglary at the home of Rep. Karen Bass’ Baldwin Vista, an LAPD spokesman said Wednesday.

Two of Bass’s handguns were stolen Friday night, the Los Angeles mayoral candidate said in a statement. Cash, electronics and other valuables in her home were not taken, Bass said.

Bass said Elex Michaelson of KTTV Channel 11 on Wednesday that she got home to find her house in a mess. KTTV initially reported that two suspects were in custody.

Bass said she had the guns with her for protection. She said they were registered and kept in a locker “hidden” in a closet. The Times previously reported that the container was a Brink locker.

At a debate earlier this year, Bass was asked rate on a scale of 1 to 10 how safe she feels walking around her neighborhood.

“I feel safe. I’d say a 10,” Bass said. “I feel safe, but I understand that a lot of people in the city don’t feel safe and I respect that.”

Bass told KTTV on Wednesday that she “felt safe until my safety was shaken.”

Bass said she met with Los Angeles Police Department detectives on Wednesday and they told her “a few” people had been arrested in connection with the burglary.

“That’s basically all I know at this point,” she said. When asked by Michaelson if she thought she had been attacked, Bass turned and talked about how “Angelenos around town don’t feel safe.”

She later reiterated her view on policing — that the LAPD should grow in size and that more officers should move behind the desks to the neighborhoods where residents want them.

The LAPD increased its presence in the neighborhood after the burglary. A police squad car was seen parked outside the Bass home on Sunday.

The Baldwin Vista neighborhood has numerous signs informing visitors that the area is under 24-hour surveillance.

Rick Caruso, Bass’s LA mayoral rival, expressed his condolences to Bass at a campaign event Tuesday.

“It’s unfortunate when someone’s house gets broken into,” Caruso said. “It’s such an injury and it shakes you.”

Caruso added that “there is way too much crime going on in the city of Los Angeles and we need to fix it. We must prevent crime and reduce crime in the city. I’m sorry it happened to her.”

The developer said he doesn’t personally own a gun, adding that he makes no statement about guns. “But I would never want her in my house,” he said.

LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz said she had no further details about the suspects in custody.

A US Capitol Police spokesman declined to comment when asked if the agency was investigating the burglary. The spokesman said the agency tasked with protecting members of Congress was not discussing potential security measures or investigations.

Times contributors Libor Jany and Ben Oreskes contributed to this report.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-14/2-arrested-burglary-rep-karen-bass-la-home-lapd-says 2 arrested in burglary at Rep. Karen Bass’ home, LAPD says

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