The FBI is involved in an ongoing investigation after 16 firearms were stolen from the Lincoln Army Reserve Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, Nov. 14, a spokesperson said.
The six M4 rifles and 10 M11 handguns were taken from the facilities armory after the thieves entered through the roof. Local detectives were first on the scene, but FBI agents took over the case on their arrival, MassLive reported.
The break-in occurred between 6 p.m. Nov. 14 and 1 a.m. Nov 15. Worcester police detectives were informed at around 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 15 that the vault at the center had been broken into.
“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,” an FBI statement said, according to MassLive.
The FBI refused to confirm the type of security in use at the military facility, stating only that investigations were ongoing.
The missing weapons have been recorded on a national database which can be searched by law enforcement authorities across the country.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker commented at a press conference that police would stay vigilant following the terrorist attacks in Paris Nov. 13.
“While there has been no credible threat to our state, law enforcement teams will remain in constant contact with federal and local officials to ensure the safety and security of our citizens,” Baker said during a press conference, according to the Daily Mail.
The Department of Homeland Security would monitor any suspicious activity, Baker added.
Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus Jr. revealed that Worcester Police would increase patrols in certain locations.
“I’m especially concerned about it,” Barker added, according to WCVB. “Separate and apart from anything that has to do with terrorism, I’m concerned about the fact that some really high-caliber weapons were stolen from a military facility in the first place.”
There is no suggestion so far as to who is responsible for the theft.