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

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

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

Bass told KTTV Channel 11’s Elex Michaelson on Wednesday that she had returned home to find her house a mess. KTTV first reported that two suspects were in custody.

Bass said she had the guns to protect herself. She said they were taped and stored in a safe which was “hidden” in a closet.

The Times previously reported that the container was a safe from Brink’s.

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

“I feel safe. I would say a 10,” Bass said. “I feel safe, but I understand 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 broken.”

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

The Baldwin Vista area has many signs informing visitors that the area is guarded 24 hours a day.

Rick Caruso, Bass’s rival in the Los Angeles mayoral race, expressed his sympathy for Bass at a campaign event on Tuesday.

“It’s unfortunate when someone’s house is broken into,” Caruso said. “It’s such a violation, and you feel shaken by it.”

Caruso added that crime “is happening way too much in the city of Los Angeles, and we need to address that. We need to prevent crime and reduce crime in the city. So I’m sorry this happened to him.

The developer said he personally doesn’t have a handgun, adding that he doesn’t make any claims about firearms. “But I would never want it in my house,” he said.

LAPD Captain Kelly Muniz said she had no additional details about the suspects in custody.

Times writer Libor Jany contributed to this report.



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