The reported theft of parts used to build AR-15 rifles from a manufacturer in Castaic led authorities to an alleged police impersonator with a huge arsenal of weapons stashed in his Simi Valley home, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
The investigation began on Sept. 5 when deputies responded to a call from a firearms manufacturer in Castaic reporting the theft of two brand new upper receivers, used to build AR-15 rifles.
Detectives investigating the case later identified 37-year-old Jeffrey Edmonds as the man responsible for the theft.
During a search of Edmonds home detectives found the alleged stolen upper receivers along with a large quantity of ammunition, numerous firearms including handguns and rifles, and illegal assault weapons as well as a counterfeit LAPD Captain’s badge and identification.
“Our detectives also recovered a flash bang grenade, a CS gas grenade, bullet-proof vests, ballistic helmets and other tactical types of equipment,” Deputy Joshua Dubin said.
Edmonds was arrested and booked suspicion of grand theft, impersonating a peace officer, and weapons violations.
He is being held on $250,000 bail.