FORT IRWIN, Calif. (AP) — More than two dozen assault rifles have been stolen from a Southern California military base, and investigators sought the public's help as they looked to arrest suspects and recover the weapons, federal officials said Friday.
Ya don't say.....
Twenty-six AK-74 assault rifles and one Dragunov sniper rifle were stolen from a supply warehouse at Fort Irwin in San Bernardino County on July 15, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says in a statement.
Dude, that was like 2 weeks ago, and you're just talking about it now?
Some arrests have been made and one rifle has been recovered, but the agency is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to further arrests, the statement said.
Okay.....so who have you arrested, and which rifle did you get? I want to know if I should be checking the bushes for the Drag...
"Community participation is necessary to improve the likelihood that ATF and our law enforcement partners will track down the firearms as well as the criminals who have sought to destabilize our community through illegal activity," ATF Special Agent in Charge John A. Torres said in the statement.
Uh, huh....sounds to me like you kids didn't properly secure your weapons. Which one of you is going to jail if a kid gets shot? I mean that's what would happen to any one of us here in California.
ATF spokesman Special Agent Christian Hoffman could not say when reached by phone how many were arrested, whether they were military or civilian or what motive they may have had.
"Could" not say or "would" not say? I want to know if this was another "Fast and Furious" op gone awry. AK's? Drag? Not likely standard issue for armored cav or a support brigade which call Ft. Irwin home. Training? Maybe.
He referred those questions to military officials, who made the arrests. Phone and email messages left late Friday for a spokesman from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command, which is investigating the theft along with the ATF and the FBI, were not immediately returned.
Army made the arrests, eh? Probably illegal aliens serving in the forces hoping to get citizenship. God knows where the hardware is by now. Maybe I should be checking the bushes alongside the roads since the idiots are probably spooked since their "compas" are all in the stockade.
Hoffman also could not say why word of the theft did not become public for two weeks, but said his agency decided to issue a news release because of the potential danger the loose weapons posed.
"We determined that there was a public safety issue with the guns getting out on the street," he said.
OMG! We have a certified GENIUS working for the government! We're saved!