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Mulholland Mystery: Investigators Open 600-Pound Steel Safe Found in Canyon

Two large steel safes found near a scenic overlook off Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills were opened a day after they were discovered in heavy brush.

The LAPD told NBC4 that they appear to be two stolen gun safes.

Wild speculation began about the mystery safes began when LA firefighters with heavy rescue equipment pulled them Tuesday afternoon from the brush-covered canyon. The mysterious discovery was made near the Universal City Overlook, which offers sweeping views of the San Fernando Valley to the north. 

It was a joint operation between the LAPD and the LAFD to recover the safes that took three hours since they weighed hundreds of pounds.

Both safes appeared to be tampered with, suggesting people tried opening the safes without having the right combinations.

After authorities recovered the safes they were transported to an LAPD evidence room where they were later opened.

The smaller gun safe was already pried open by someone. When it was opened by authorities it was empty.

A safe is pulled from a Hollywood Hills canyon Tuesday Aug. 16, 2022.

When the larger 600-pound safe was opened by the LAPD they found what appears to be an empty gun rack. Detectives are still trying to find the safes owners and are trying to learn more about what was in the safes before they were found.

“It could very well have been taken in a burglary or robbery,” said LAPD Detective Tim Kirkpatrick. “It’s evidence and we want to follow up on all leads possible.”

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Source: NBC Los Angeles

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