Potential Rioters Steal Riot Gear From California National Guard Armory

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As tensions rise in the post-election uncertainty of who will be America’s next president, concerns over organized violence are also on the increase. Polls show an overwhelming majority of Americans are mostly worried about violence from the Left, though some could also come from the Right.

And now lax security protocols at a California National Guard armory has allowed possible rioters access to military riot gear.

As I have written, the Left has been preparing for protests and even “direct action” if President Trump is re-elected or contests the results, as he is now doing. Amidst all this, local officials in California outside of Los Angeles, are investigating the theft of military police riot gear from the National Guard Armory in Ontario on Tuesday.

The LA Times reported that “The Ontario Police Department was notified of the alleged burglary just after 4 p.m.”

A police spokesman said they don’t know exactly when the break-in occurred, but that the suspect or suspects broke through a chain-link fence and into a locked storage container, noted The Times. While they stole shin guards, riot shields, batons, a megaphone and face shields, the spokesman said no ammunition or firearms were taken.

According to the LA Times, the police spokesman added that officials didn’t know whether the break-in was linked to election protests happening across the state.

“It’s obviously such a weird time for this stuff, but we don’t have any further information at this time,” he said.

“Weird”? I can safely guess that – of course, it has to do with the election protests, and rioting. And most likely California law enforcement will be seeing violent leftist rioters wearing the gear soon at a riot near them.

State authorities, and maybe federal law enforcement should look into this theft, and also take concerted efforts to protect National Guard armories throughout the state and country. This theft is simply unacceptable in today’s security environment.

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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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jean
jean
11 months ago

Interesting but no shock at all that its the left who is always screaming about the 10 white nationalists in the country but the left is the epicenter of all the violence. Its amazing that there is no effort at all to control this. Certainly the DEMs will not stop it, and its clear that many people are too ill informed to care, because they voted for Senile Joe who could only bring himself to mention the riots when his poll numbers dropped. Clearly he will do nothing. I seem to recall that in wartime in military occupied zones , signs would be posted that said ” looters will be shot”. Would have no issue with seeing that happen. I think the strong signal would bring this violence to a swift conclusion. .

ward
ward
11 months ago
Reply to  jean

Military base looted is a real disgrace to U.S. National Security & now the demsd rgime is after U.S. Citizens Guns so there is no self defense ! “Have gun will travel” is now #1 !

Keith Clark
Keith Clark
11 months ago

And the penalty for being caught in the stolen gear is??????

Mark
Mark
11 months ago
Reply to  Keith Clark

In California, maybe a Slap on the index finger, but this is a FEDERAL issue and that might turn out very bad for the Thieves.

kappelvo
kappelvo
11 months ago
Reply to  Mark

Only, if President TRUMP remains in office. Otherwise, God have mercy of Americans

ward
ward
11 months ago
Reply to  Keith Clark

Absolutely “0”again !

Jack Finegold
Jack Finegold
11 months ago

Are you telling me riot gear was not under protection?! Inside job! The leftist government is helping them not stoping them

ward
ward
11 months ago
Reply to  Jack Finegold

Exactly the “inside job” crimes bo created in his 8 years of treason & his appointed libtard democrat cronies are still there to do a crime as ordered to internally destroy the U.S.A.so dems can be NWO dictators with other totalitarian tyranny world dictators

Alan
Alan
11 months ago

Why weren’t the thieves fired on?

ward
ward
11 months ago
Reply to  Alan

Like Benghazi U.S. embassy attacks ordered stand downs by bo & hilary !????!

Fatherwaddles
11 months ago
Reply to  Alan

???????????????????????? Good question!!!!!

Jim
Jim
11 months ago
Reply to  Alan

I suspect national guard unit sites are unmanned except during usual business hours unless maybe during training times. I think they are totally different than regular army bases.

Norman Czerski
Norman Czerski
11 months ago

These actions are a prelude to revolution. It is communist led and inspired. Normally the FBI would be investigating communist activity financed, organized and directed from outside the United States. Where is the FBI that once was? Clearly the fix is in at the highest levels. To quote Joseph Fielding Smith, “Those who will not oppose communist will live under it.”.

ward
ward
11 months ago
Reply to  Norman Czerski

Where is any FB,CIA,DOJ investigation for any created dem, far left crimes of treason ?

Jim
Jim
11 months ago

No security…. for a national guard depot…
None.
This day in age, no camera, alarm, a little bell hanging from the fence, for Pete’s sake.
It’s Californicia.
Looter’s storage system.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
11 months ago

In 1960 Okinawa, air squadron sentries walked duty with local security. Our guys carried a sidearm or short-barrel shotgun. Local security was not allowed to be armed but their Canine Corps was very effective. New hangars were still under construction and smaller metal warehouses were widely located, depending on material and supplies being stored.

Occasionally, two or three delinquents would test the notion of looting or rioting. If guards were alone, they’d harass them but if they saw the dogs, they usually limited their forays to throwing rocks and running. They didn’t fear armed Marines who were forbidden to even chamber a round except in self defense. But they knew German shepherds don’t engage in self defense.

Perhaps it’s time to patrol these leftist cities with dogs or perhaps use armed citizens who don’t take prisoners.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
11 months ago

American Defense News seems to have joined the growing crowd that wishes to control private citizen thoughts and words. Four days ago (two week days and one weekend), I posted a little personal story that was relevant to this one. Seems my two short paragraphs haven’t been reviewed and my comment continues to languish. I’ve wasted my time and had hoped for better from a site with such a distinguished name.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
11 months ago
Reply to  Gene Ralno

Six days are my limit. American Defense News isn’t interested in comments. Off my list.


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