There's a mystery in Pacific Palisades, California. Police, investigating the death of a man in his SUV, discovered over 1,200 guns and stockpiled ammunition -- 2 tons or so -- in his home.
Wooden planks where officers organized thousands of dollars' worth of guns were empty, but piles of cardboard boxes filled with expensive rifle scopes worth $3,000 to $4,000 each and books on hunting, guns and shooting remained stacked in the packed garage.
The scene Tuesday was far different from what police discovered.
Los Angeles police went to the man’s home last week after finding his decomposing body in a car parked down the street from the home.
Inside the home, investigators found more than 1,200 firearms ranging from high-end pistols to shotguns and rifles. Many had never been fired. Some were still wrapped in their boxes, with the price tags still attached.
Enough to supply a war in a small country, perhaps. And also, ammo.
"The boxes of ammunition were out behind the garage and they were just lots of them, piled at least 8-feet tall, and the pile just kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger," said a neighbor, who did not want to be identified.
Along with the firearms, police discovered the mass storage of ammunition.
"Our truck couldn't carry it all," LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. "We had to go back and make another trip."
Police have determined there were no signs of foul play and are not investigating his death as a homicide, but are continuing to look into whether he legally owned the firearms.
Officers on Tuesday said there was no indication the man was a survivalist, but said his town house was so cluttered, it was impossible to walk inside without stepping on things.
I'm sure glad people aren't paranoid.