On the night of November 14, a break-in took place at the Army Reserve Armory in Worcester, Massachusetts, and some of the facility’s weapons were missing when law enforcement arrived.
There are no leads regarding who may have been behind the break-in, but the FBI is now actively pursing the weapons, and law enforcement is on alert.
WHDH reports that the FBI released a statement saying, “There is no indication that these missing weapons are connected to any kind of terrorism threat whatsoever. Nevertheless, every effort will be made to recover these weapons immediately.” The statement made clear that “the weapons have been entered into a national database, according to the FBI. Federal, state and local law enforcement authorities have been alerted.”
GoLocal Worcester reports that the name of the facility is the Lincoln Stoddard Army Reserve Center, which “is located on Lake Street.”
It is interesting to note that “two current soldiers and a former one [were] among four people… charged [in April] in connection with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of military weapons, gear and robots [from Fort Carson] then selling them to a middle man who sold them on eBay for a fraction of their worth.” The Denver Post reported that the two soldiers—Sgt. Johnny Dominic Herrera and Staff Sgt. Benjamin Cardwell—”[were] accused of stealing sophisticated surveillance equipment, including two iRobot SUGV XM1216s laser range finders in November 2014 worth $187,000 each from the 4th Infantry Division and selling at least one of the items on eBay.”
One of the other members of the alleged theft ring was arrested after allegedly agreeing to sell undercover FBI agents “thermal night vision equipment, an M4 rifle and .223-caliber ammunition.” He was allegedly delivering “part of the order” when the arrest took place.
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