Returning to his burglarized Los Angeles mansion from what I’m sure was an epic trip, Dan Bilzerian found that most of his firearms, magazines, and ammunition were missing. What you wouldn’t expect to find is that the burglars weren’t able to penetrate his steel-hardened gun closet, and left the house ballistically empty-handed. Wait, so then who forcibly broke into the closet and stole the guns? Why, the LAPD, of course. . .
According to a story in the Washington Times…
The responding officers confiscated nine firearms supposedly under the premise that they wanted to secure the home in case the burglars attempted a second break-in, Mr. Bilzerian said. But strangely, the officers left behind an arsenal of shotguns and a high-powered semiautomatic carbine rifle like the ones used by special operations troops.
Before you cry foul on the news media going full auto in their wayward descriptions of firearms, the cops left his “SCAR 17 with thermal optic” behind. So, okay, close enough.
Apparently breaking into this hardened room and confiscating most of the contents, while leaving — now unsecured, mind you — a SCAR 17 and some shotguns behind, is a net positive to public safety. Despite the fact that Bilzerian’s assistant and his security guard arrived on the scene while police were there — even shooting down the LAPD’s “request” to break into the closet — and could have kept it under guard until Bilzerian returned.
No warrant, by the way. I suppose once a criminal breaches the front door, the police are then a-okay to break into any secure area they please. But naturally, the story gets even worse!
Despite Bilzerian’s vast resources, close relationship with at least one politician (CA Congressman Rohrabacher, judging from various Instagram photos), and an attorney working the case, it took two months to get his firearms back. Without any of the magazines. Or ammo.
It sounds like the magazines have inexplicably disappeared. The ammunition, on the other hand, naturally just wouldn’t be safe to return with the firearms so it’s in some sort of indefinite purgatory. Conclusion from a handful of experts on these sorts of matters: it’s gone. Not “don’t hold your breath” gone, but more like “black hole” gone.
The Washington Times article has more details.