A 46-year-old man with apparent emotional issues was arrested by Garden Grove police after allegedly trying to break into his mother’s safe to steal a gun, police announced Monday.
Mark William Flicker was arrested about 10 p.m. Sunday at his mother’s house in the 12900 block of Sylvan Street and was booked on burglary and attempted grand theft of firearms, said Garden Grove police Lt. Patrick Gildea.
Family members had previously called police to report that Flicker had been posting erratic messages on Facebook, had ongoing family problems and was drinking heavily, Gildea said.
Those posts reportedly showed that Flicker could possibly pose a threat to public safety, Gildea said. Flicker had also ordered a firearm on- line and was reportedly very angry.
Police decided to get a “firearms emergency protective order” which after service to Flicker would prevent him from legally possessing any firearm until an official evaluation on him could be done, Gildea said.
Before they could serve Flicker with the protective order another family member called police and told them that Flicker was going to his mother’s house to get a gun from a safe inside the home, Gildea said.
Officers discovered that Flicker was allegedly trying to break into the gun safe without permission of his mother, Gildea said. Flicker was unable to get into the safe and officers detained and arrested him.
Based on the online posts and his alleged attempt to steal firearms police obtained a firearms protective order and served it on Flicker. Officers also got a search warrant for Flicker’s residence which they served early Sunday morning, Gildea said.
Police found no guns but recovered various electronic devices from his residence, Gildea said. Flicker was then booked into the Orange County jail and was being held in lieu of $2 million bail. The investigation into Flicker was ongoing, Gildea said.
–City News Service
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