The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

CNHI Specials

November 8, 2013

Red-faced FBI recovers high-powered SWAT rifles

LAWRENCE, Mass. — A 16-year-old boy with a police record was arrested Friday for breaking into an unmarked FBI SWAT vehicle parked at an agent's suburban Boston home overnight and making off with two high-powered rifles and ammunition.

The stolen rifles proved embarrassing for the FBI, and the agency immediately offered a $20,000 reward for their recovery. FBI rules forbid leaving weapons unsecured in an unattended vehicle.

The teenager was arrested at his residence in Lawrence, Mass., 25 miles north of Boston around 11 a.m. He was not identified because of his age, appearing in juvenile court on breaking and entering, and theft of firearms charges.

The stolen HS Precision Pro-Series 2000 sniper rifle, and a Colt M16-A1 rifle were turned in by a relative of the youth. They were reported missing early Thursday from the FBI utility vehicle parked at the agent's home in neighboring Andover, Mass.

It was not clear if the relative would qualify for the FBI reward.

Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick said the relative, who also was not identified, turned in the stolen rifles "because he wanted to get them off the street."

Lawrence, a hardscrabble former mill town, has one of the highest crime rates in Massachusetts and New England. Violence is a common, almost everyday occurrence.

Police said several other vehicles in the FBI agent's upscale neighborhood also had their cars broken into. It was not known if the FBI SWAT rifles were secured in locked cases as also required by the agency.

Police said detectives lifted a fingerprint of the juvenile suspect from one of the ransacked vehicles that matched a print already on file from the the youth's prevsious run-ins with the law. Police said they later also found the suspect's fingerprint on the outside of the FBI vehicle. A computer match was quickly made, followed by the arrest of the suspect.

The FBI said it will conduct an internal investigation to determine if the agent, who was not identified, should be disciplined for leaving the high-powered rifles in the unmarked SWAT vehicle outside his home in apparent violation of FBI protocol.


Details for this story were provided by The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.




Text Only
CNHI Specials
  • barbour021614.jpg No shows escaped death by Craigslist killer

    The young woman who says she was driven by satanic spirts to commit a cross-country murder spree over the last six years says authorities are not taking her claims seriously and that she tried to lured other central Pennslyvania men into her death snare with online companionship ads but they didn't show up.

    March 29, 2014 1 Photo 2 Stories

  • ent_jimmyfallon.jpg Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' debut: Social media reacts

    Jimmy Fallon kicked off a new era on "The Tonight Show" Monday night and garnered mostly positive reviews. Here's a sampling of reaction on social media.

    February 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • b_tuesday_eisenhower_20110405sg3371.jpg Augusta National removes 'Eisenhower Tree' after ice storm

    A 65-foot tree named after the nation's 34th president on the 17th hole at Augusta National Golf Club was removed over the weekend after sustaining "irreparable damage" during an ice storm at the home of the Masters Tournament.

    February 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 20140218-AMX-GUNS171.jpg Will smart guns transform the gun industry?

    One of California's largest firearm stores recently added a peculiar new gun to its shelves. It requires an accessory: a black waterproof watch.

    February 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • ten-10-dollar-bill.jpg VIDEO: Groupon claims 'President Hamilton' promotion an intentional mistake

    Groupon says a President's Day promotion mis-identifying Alexander Hamilton as a U.S. President was an "intentional" humorous mistake.

    February 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Samoas, Thin Mints and business ethics

    But these lessons aren't learned when Scouts sell outside grocery stores or via mobile app, or, even worse, when parents ask their colleagues to purchase Girl Scout cookies, a query I recently received at a casual work lunch. My friend wasn't prepared for the lecture that followed. I'd be more than happy to buy cookies from his daughter, I said, but only if she called me on the phone to personally ask for the sale.

    February 15, 2014

  • Screen shot 2014-02-14 at 12.27.23 PM.png VIDEO: Just how easy is it to buy a drone?

    Businesses can't wait for drone rules to be issued by the FAA. They really can't. Estimates on business drone usage are in the tens of thousands...and they're overwhelming the FAA, which is still trying to come up with rules for flying them.

    February 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen shot 2014-01-14 at 4.42.12 PM.png VIDEO: Man falls through golf shop ceiling; everyone plays it cool

    After a man falls through the ceiling of a professional golf shop both the patrons and the employees react as though everything is completely normal.

    January 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • ClarkTheCub.jpg Clark the Cub takes his place among pro sports' worst mascots

    The Chicago Cubs have broken 138 years of mascot-free tradition by introducing Clark the Cub, who will entertain young fans at Wrigley Field beginning this season. Judging from reaction on the Internet, Clark instantly deserves a place on the list of pro sports' worst mascots. Here are our ideas for some other entries.

    January 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 4.09.29 PM.png VIDEO: Texting crash caught on dash cam

    A 23-year-old Florida man admitted he was texting behind the wheel when his car veered off the road and crashed into a tree.

    January 14, 2014 1 Photo