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Westside : MISSING GUN

August 31, 1995

Thefts are not uncommon in Santa Monica, but rarely is the victim the chief of police.

A 9-millimeter handgun owned by Santa Monica Police Chief James T. Butts was stolen out of the trunk of his unmarked city car this week, police said.

The gun, a Smith & Wesson, was taken from the car's locked trunk when a police cadet took the car through a carwash Monday. About $30 in cash and traveler's checks were also stolen. The traveler's checks were recovered from a garbage dumpster at the carwash, said police spokesman Lt. Bill Brucker.

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