No charges filed against man who admitted to taking SLO Police Chief's gun

No charges filed against man who stole SLO Police Chief's gun
Posted at 4:24 PM, Aug 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-18 18:23:40-04
No charges filed against man who stole SLO Police Chief's gun

UPDATE (3:00 p.m.) - The San Luis Obispo Police Department declined to comment on the District Attorney's findings.

No charges will be filed against the man who admitted to taking the San Luis Obispo Police chief’s gun last month after she left it in a San Luis Obispo restaurant bathroom.

Skeeter Mangan of Los Osos turned the gun in a day after it was reported missing.

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney, Dan Dow, said in a statement Saturday "While the evidence in this case does support a misdemeanor charge of Penal Code section 485, after thoroughly considering all the circumstances, I have concluded that it would not be in the interest of justice to charge Mr. Mangan with a crime."

Earlier this week, the SLO County DA's Office received the report from police which asked for a review/filing of charges of grand theft of a firearm, possession of stolen property and carrying a loaded firearm in public.

"It is my sincere hope that Mr. Mangan and other members of our community have learned from this widely publicized situation that failure to take immediate steps to find the rightful owner of lost property is a crime of theft under California law," said Dow.

In the statement, Dow commends Sean Greenwood, Mangan's brother-in-law, for contacting authorities after he recognized Mangan in social media posts.