LAPD Gun Store Manager Caught Stealing Firearms, Other Officers Implicated

Archi Duenas stole 44 firearms from the LAPD. (Photo: LAPD)

A manager of a gun store at the Los Angeles Police Academy was caught last year stealing firearms and reselling them under the table, and the ensuing investigation has implicated other officers in the Los Angeles Police Department.

In a lengthy exposé published this week, the Los Angeles Times described a scheme perpetrated for years by Archi Duenas. Duenas managed the gun store at the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club, which sells a variety of firearms from major manufacturers to LAPD officers.

Duenas didn’t miss a day of work for years so he could always be the one to close the shop and hand-count the inventory, prosecutors claim. But once he had accrued the “maximum allowable leave hours” and was forced to take time off, another manager discovered empty boxes that should have had guns in them.

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Duenas stole a total of 44 firearms, 34 of which have been accounted for. Some of his buyers, prosecutors allege, were other members of the LAPD.

The LAPD was allegedly aware for years of “prior negligence and mismanagement issues related to the sale, tracking, and documentation of firearms and firearm transactions” by gun store personnel. The not-so-subtle implication made by the LA Times and prosecutors is that this negligence was intentional.

Five officers were found in possession of Duenas’s stolen weapons: Capt. Jonathan Tom, Capt. Steve Embrich, Sgt. Marlon Marrache, Sgt. Gus Murra, and Det. Victor Brown.

However, none have so far been prosecuted. All five strenuously deny knowing about the stolen firearms, and investigators haven’t been able to prove they knew the guns were stolen.

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“In sum, the reasonable inference to be drawn from a totality of the evidence, in this case, is that the officers thought they were purchasing legal firearms at a cash discount, and not acquiring stolen guns,” prosecutors wrote.

As of this week, Tom, Embrich, Marrache, and Murra were all active members of the LAPD. Brown retired in February.

Duenas initially faced 25 criminal counts and more than a dozen years in prison, but he ultimately received probation after pleading no contest to felony grand theft of a firearm and a single misdemeanor count of illegally transferring a firearm.

It’s unclear whether the Times’ report will result in an additional investigation. The FBI and the ATF have not said whether they have opened an investigation, and neither has the LAPD inspector general.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over six years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Tyler. Got a hot tip? Send him an email at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Don December 3, 2021, 11:28 am

    Folks, please, cool your jets for a minute and look at the facts:
    The guy IS NOT a cop, he managed a private gun shop.
    Just because he sold to LAPD officers does not mean they had a clue the guy was dirty.
    Also, there are NOT 10 guns out there…there are five and there is a chance they will track those down (I hope!).
    Is it a joke that the guy only gets probation? Sure…but did anyone notice that our criminal justice system is totally upside down? Kyle Rittenhouse should never have been prosecuted. The criminal who pointed a pistol at Kyle should have and wasn’t. Do you see the idiocy of this? We need to replace the judges who give minor slaps on the hand of serious offenders with ones who uphold the law.
    Don’t believe much of what you see in the mainstream media. They have an agenda and will push it with all their might.
    Merry Christmas (or whatever your holiday of choice is…) everyone!

  • Chuck Matson December 3, 2021, 8:04 am

    Probation? What a F-ing joke!

  • Andrew Ling December 3, 2021, 7:42 am

    This is scary! Theft, trafficking, etc. Get away with a probation! Insane! Wonder what the real motive is.
    LAPD is not going to be too popular with this.

  • C. Cherry December 3, 2021, 6:36 am

    Who’s to say the 10 outstanding firearms are not on the street somewhere being used against fellow officers and innocent citizens because of his greed. Furthermore, probation is out right ridiculous. A non-law enforcement person would have be facing 5-10 years easy. The criminal justice system isn’t blind, it’s just out right corrupt!!!

  • Mark F December 3, 2021, 6:05 am

    Smart – steal guns from the police, sell them for a few thousand bucks, lose your job and go to prison. Lose your gun rights for life. Well played Mr. Gun Store Manager, well played.

  • D.J. December 1, 2021, 11:39 am

    My late Father , a retired LEO , simply could not stand a
    “ dirty “ Cop . Working in his department’s Legal Bureau,
    he got an extensive “ rush “ being involved in nailing a
    bad actor.
    His opinion was there is no room for such individuals
    in that profession, and he was embarrassed by their
    tenure .

  • Jason M December 1, 2021, 11:11 am

    Probation? Come on now.

  • Wumingren December 1, 2021, 9:29 am

    They must be prosecuted fully to recover credibility. Average Americans will lose all faith in the PD.

    • Blasted Cap December 3, 2021, 11:52 am

      Average Americans HAVE lost faith in police departments

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