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California police chief loses gun after forgetting it in a restroom

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — The chief of a California police division says she left her gun in a restroom and it was immediately stolen and now officials are looking for a man seen in restaurant surveillance video leaving shortly after the weapon vanished.

San Luis Obispo Chief Deanna Cantrell revealed her mistake in a video on the division’s Facebook web page, saying her actions were “irresponsible and dangerous” and that she’s glad a child did not find the weapon.

Cantrell stated she was having lunch in a restaurant on Wednesday when she went into the restroom.

“Even though my gun was in a holster it did not stay clipped to my pants so I removed it and I placed it next to me,” she mentioned.

Cantrell stated within minutes of leaving the restroom she realized what had happened and went back, but the gun was gone.

She instantly checked video footage and saw that three individuals entered the restroom after her.

“The first man, whose picture was released on Facebook, went into the restroom after me after which immediately left the restaurant without ordering any food,” she stated.

The other two individuals have been nonetheless within the restaurant and said the firearm was not in the restroom once they went in, she stated.

The photograph of the possible suspect shows the man wearing a shirt, shorts, and sunglasses apparently entering the El Pollo Loco restaurant.

The chief stated she reported the theft immediately and the gun was entered into a nationwide database.

“I used to be complacent and that is one thing you may never be with a firearm,” she said. “I expect more from myself as a person and especially as a police officer that has carried a firearm for 25 years.”

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