RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Authorities in Southern California say police recovered a hand grenade and 16 stolen firearms after responding to reports that a group of men were using a blow torch to cut open a gun safe in a side yard of a residence.

Officers in Riverside arrested three suspects Tuesday, including one man who was caught with a handgun in his pocket.

Police found the grenade and firearms in a car and more guns in a backpack stuffed in a trash can at the residence. Additional guns were found in the safe. Officials say the grenade was inert.

The Press-Enterprise newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/2sM9d1v ) investigators believe the safe, the guns and other stolen property were taken during a home burglary.

The suspects could face charges including conspiracy and receiving stolen property.

Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com

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