Arrest Made In Theft Of Weapons From Worcester Armory

19 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

According to the FBI, the thief got into the building by breaking into the kitchen through the window. Inside the building, the weapons vault, described as large as a shipping container, is located in the drill room of the armory, the FBI said..

A man facing child rape charges in Middlesex County is in custody for breaking into an armory in Worcester last weekend and stealing 16 military-grade weapons, federal officials said Thursday.A 34-year-old man is facing charges in federal court later today after he was arrested in connection with the theft of more than a dozen military rifles and handguns from a U.S.The FBI announced Thursday morning that James Walker Morales was taken into custody Wednesday night by authorities on New York’s Long Island on state and federal warrants.

Unconfirmed, but according to press reports, Morales was identified as a suspect through both DNA and by an an electronic monitoring bracelet he wears that he is required to wear as he is out on bail tied to a child rape charge. He had allegedly been at the Lincoln Stoddard US Army Reserve Center in Worcester on Nov. 12 to obtain a copy of his discharge papers, according to an FBI affidavit made public Thursday. The armory was broken into last Saturday by someone who stole 10 Sig Sauer 9mm pistols and four M-4 combat rifles capable of firing a three round burst with a single pull of the trigger, officials said. Based on surveillance videos from, a nearby store, the FBI said the suspect who committed the break-in and robbery was first seen in a car parked on North Lake Avenue near the armory at 6:43 p.m.

Within six hours, a male in the video is seen walking into and out of the Army facility four times, carrying duffle bags in then out of the building, the FBI affidavit said. Investigators later discovered the thief broke a kitchen window to get into the drill room and then climbed on top of the vault before cutting a hole through its ceiling, which is made of several layers of metal and wood.

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