Federal investigators are still looking for a Massachusetts man who broke into an Army Reserve armory in Worcester Saturday night. There are reports that 16 weapons were stolen in the break-in.
As of Sunday, we knew that several firearms were stolen from the station, but local officials declined to disclose the number or type of weapons. Recently, people familiar with the matter, who decided to remain anonymous, provided reporters with that piece of info.
According to sources, the man stole six semi-automatic rifles and ten hand-guns. The weapons were stored in a gun locker. Another source who has ties with the police said that the number of stolen weapons may be even higher since several long guns are also missing from the military armory.
The latter source also said that the six missing rifles were M4 assault rifles, which are very popular weapons among U.S. army ranks and were designed to replace the outdated M16 rifles. M4 rifles are currently heavily used by Marine Corps and the U.S. Army as infantry weapons.
The FBI announced that the weapons were listed in the NCIC national database, and federal and state police officers are under alert. The agency said that Massachusetts State Police, Worcester Police, and other local law enforcement officers are on the case as well. As of today, the suspect was still on the loose.
Federal investigators also said that they have no evidence that the burglary may be linked to a terrorist act. They pledged that they would spare no effort to recover the weapons at once.
On Sunday, Gov. Charlie Baker took part in a press conference along with FBI. The governor urged Massachusetts to remain alert, especially due to the international context created by the Paris attacks.
Gov. Baker also said that people could make a real difference if citizens served law enforcement as ‘the eyes and years.’ He acknowledged that there are people that will open their own investigations into the case, so it is crucial for law enforcement and federal agents to collaborate and communicate with all levels of government.
The break-in took place at a recruiting and training facility of the U.S. army on Lake Avenue North. The incident was first reported by the governor on Sunday at a security update meeting in the State House.
“We were advised of the matter. We’re currently looking into it,”
an FBI special agent said.
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