BOSTON, Mass. — The Boston Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the recovery of two weapons stolen from a government vehicle.
The weapons — a Colt M16-A1 rifle and a HS Precision Pro-Series 2000 sniper rifle — were stolen from an FBI SWAT emergency response vehicle parked in Andover, Mass., sometime between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, Special Agent Katherine Gulotta said in a news release issued late Thursday afternoon.
During that same time, items were stolen from other vehicles parked at nearby homes in Andover, the spokeswoman said.
“The FBI continues to devote significant resources to locate these weapons, determine who stole them and remove them from the possession of the unauthorized individual(s) who may have them,” Gulotta said.
All local, state and federal law enforcement agencies were quickly made aware of the theft through various means, including the Commonwealth Fusion Center and Boston Regional Intelligence Center, she said.
Investigating the theft along with the FBI and Andover Police are members of the Violent Crimes Task Force, which is composed of the Somerville, Malden, Saugus, Cambridge, Boston and Massachusetts State Police. Other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies have offered and provided their assistance to locate the stolen weapons.
Anyone with information about the thefts should call FBI Boston immediately at 617-742-5533 or Andover Police Department at 978-475-0411.