FBI: Child rape suspect arrested in Army Reserve armory weapons theft

Officers with Nassau County PD took 34-year-old James Morales into custody yesterday in New York.

He’s accused of stealing 16 weapons, including six M-4 assault rifles and 10 pistols from an Armory in Worcester, Mass. last weekend.

Surveillance video from the Lincoln Stoddard Army Reserve Center shows a man methodically taking weapon after weapon to his car — over the course of five hours.

Police say Morales entered through the roof,  but remained undetected because the alarm in the building was disabled, due to construction. According to the FBI, DNA evidence from inside the armory -on an exterior wall of the weapons vault – matched that of Morales.

WBZ reports that Morales most recently faced charges in May for child rape and indecent assault on a child under 14 years old.  He was ordered to wear a tracking bracelet and later discharged from the Army Reserve.

Investigators were able to pull location information from Morales’ electronic monitoring device which showed him at the Armory for hours on the night the weapons were stolen.

Morales was charged with unlawful possession of a machine gun, unlawful possession of stolen firearms and theft of government property.

Military officials say a burglary of this kind is a first for the Army’s 5,000 stand-alone armories.

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