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He Was Packing Heat In A Garbage Bag

A mysterious man catches some Rancho Santa Margarita residents off guard.

A man in a Rancho Santa Margarita parking lot caused some anxious moments for those who happened to see him.

An informant  contacted the Orange County Sheriff Department on Saturday and told the 9-1-1 operator about a man with long sandy blond hair in front of the Rite-Aid pharmacy.

According to the caller, the man had a dog on a leash and was carrying a rifle in a garbage bag.

The man apparently disappeared as he walked through the Ralphs parking lot, and deputies couldn't find anything by the lake.

About 12 minutes after the 3:26 p.m. call, which was made from the corner of Santa Margarita Parkway and Antonio, deputies were able to track down the rifle-toting dog lover in the parking lot.

It was a toy gun.

This report was culled from the Orange County Sheriff's website. Not all facts in each report are made public; the outcome of the report may differ from the original blotter item. There should be no assumption of guilt based on this limited information.

SM Dad January 23, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Ridiculous. This nanny state has people convinced it is bad to carry a gun. Unfortunately our crime rate reflects it because crooks know that nobody is allowed to conceal carry a weapon so it's like open season. Oh ya and removing God from our schools was a great idea. Crime up 566% since God was removed from public schools, but I'm sure this is just a coincidence. Oh sure.
Patricia Buckley January 23, 2013 at 03:58 PM
I came out of a trip to the Ralphs grocery Saturday afternoon and saw this going down. It's nice to be able to see an explanation albeit a few days later.
sean January 24, 2013 at 06:21 AM
your just bragging cause you pay $15k a yearfoir the same exact education as people get at tesoro or mission or capo or trabuco @sm snobby rich bragging dad
LeAna Bui January 24, 2013 at 04:27 PM
So you are okay if we suspend the 1st amendment, but the second one is sacred?

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