Theft of Military Weapons From Worcester Armory Has Some On Edge

Investigators say they have no reason to believe it is linked to a "specific threat."

A Saturday night break-in at a U.S. Army Reserve armory in Worcester resulted in the loss of several military grade weapons, including six M4 carbine assault rifles.

The break-in, first reported in detail on Sunday afternoon by The Daily Beast, sent jitters throughout the region in the aftermath of Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris by Islamic State militants that ended with the deaths of 139 people.

Six M4 assault rifles, 10 pistols, and several long guns were taken from the armory, according to the source. The break-in was discovered Sunday morning. The armory’s alarms did not go off, according to the source, who added they may have been disabled due to continuing construction.

According to reports, the break-in occurred through the roof of the building.

WCVB reported that FBI officials said that the there is nothing about the break-in that indicates the theft is tied to terrorism or a specific threat.

“Nothing at this point in time would tie this to any specific threat or anything else at this point,” said Hank Shaw, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office.

The missing weapons have been entered into a national database in order to track them and recover them more quickly.