The Los Angeles mansion owned by Gordon Getty’s ex-mistress — where more than a thousand firearms were stashed — was a “hoarder’s paradise,” according to officials who said a tip to authorities about the woman’s longtime companion helped crack the case.
Investigators were perplexed to find Cynthia Beck’s sprawling Bel-Air mansion in total disarray Wednesday and overrun with an enormous cache of guns, including military-style automatic weapons and antique Civil war rifles, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“It’s beyond comprehension that somebody can have so many weapons in a residence like this, in a neighborhood like this,” Los Angeles Police Lt. Chris Ramirez told reporters.
Police said the 12-hour raid uncovered AR-15 military-style automatic rifles, 44-caliber handguns, .357 magnum revolvers, an Uzi 9-millimeter submachine gun, a 9-millimeter Luger pistol and what appeared to be a World War II-era Thompson submachine gun, as well as thousands of rounds of ammo.
“They were found just laid out in various rooms in the house,” Ramirez said on the scene. “There were piles of ammunition on one side of a room. There were piles of guns on the other side of a room.”
It’s unclear whether Beck — who has three daughters from an affair with oil fortune heir Gordon Getty — had any connection to the massive cache of weapons. The publicity-shy former mistress wasn’t home at the time of the seizure, officials said.
Beck’s partner Girard Damien Saenz, who was at the property during the raid, was arrested on suspicion of violating California’s law banning the manufacture, distribution, transportation and importation of assault rifles or .50-caliber weapons.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives launched an investigation after they received an anonymous tip that 57-year-old Saenz was manufacturing and selling guns from the five-bedroom residence. Saenz, who goes by Gerry, was released from jail Thursday on $50,000 bond.
Saenz and Beck own several properties together in the Los Angeles area, and it’s unclear if they lived in the dilapidated residence near the Playboy Mansion, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Saenz has been a licensed general building contractor and runs a San Diego business called Gerry Saenz and Associates, according to public records.
He was arrested in 2017 after brandishing a firearm in Malibu at a home, but the case was dropped after the alleged victims told police they didn’t want to pursue charges.
With Post wires
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