US Army firearms still missing, FBI offering $15,000 reward

James Morales (left) M11-A1 Sig Sauer P228 pistol (right).

In November of last year James Walker Morales was arrested for stealing sixteen weapons, including six M-4 rifles and ten pistols from the Lincoln Stoddard Army Reserve Center in Worchester, Massachusetts.

Ousted out of the Army Reserves after he was charged with child rape and indecent assault on a child, Morales had sufficient knowledge about the Armory’s security measures to successfully break into the armory.

Entering through to roof, Morales took advantage of the fact that the building’s security system was disabled for construction.  He was later linked to the crime after the FBI found his blood on a wall at the armory, security camera footage from outside the facility and his GPS ankle bracelet.

Since his arrest, all of the M-4 rifles were recovered but only half of the ten m-11 pistols were found.

Tyrone James, 28, of Dorchester, MA is accused of selling the stolen weapons after Morales’ robbery.

The weapons that have been recovered so far were found in various different places. A homeless man found three of the weapons in a park across from Yankee Stadium in New York.  One of the rifles was recovered by Massachusetts law enforcement and the other weapons were recovered through means that the FBI has chosen not to release, according to masslive.com.

“The FBI is still offering a reward up to $15,000 for information leading to the recovery of the remaining five handguns stolen from the Reserve,” the FBI said in a statement Tuesday. “We’re asking anyone with information about the location of these weapons to contact the FBI. We’d also like to urge anyone who may have access to these weapons to turn them in.”

Essentially a Sig Sauer P228 with “US Government” etched on the side. The 9mm M11 pistol has an MSRP of $1,149- a hefty spike in quality and cost compared to the military’s standard-issue Beretta M9, which has an MSRP of $675.

The guns’ expensive price tag and military upgrades could make them highly sought after on the black market, making their recovery extremely difficult.

Anyone with information on the stolen weapons is asked to call the FBI’s Boston Office at (617) 742-5533.

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