16 weapons taken from an Army Reserve; man in Massachusetts sought

Authorities are searching for a man in connection with weapons stolen from an Army Reserve center in Worcester, Massachusetts, according to City Manager Edward Augustus.

Sixteen weapons were stolen from the reserve center, according to a statement by Augustus.

Local police are collaborating with state and federal authorities in the investigation, FBI spokeswoman Kristen Setera said late Sunday. The weapons were found to be missing after a break-in at the Lake St. Army Reserve Center.

The break-in and theft occurred between 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday, according to Augustus.

“We have entered those weapons into NCIC, a national database, and alerted our federal, state and local law enforcement partners,” Setera said.

“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,” she said.

As a precaution, Worcester Police Department have increased police presence in several locations throughout the community until further notice, said the City Manager.

“The FBI confirmed ten 9mm M-11 pistols and six 5.56mm M-4 rifles were taken from the facility,” according to a statement by the U.S. Army Reserve.

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