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Machine gun, bullet-proof vest stolen from FBI agent's vehicle in Somerset County

SOMERSET COUNTY - An automatic rifle and a bullet-proof vest were stolen last weekend from an off-duty FBI agent's vehicle parked outside a home in Somerset County, authorities said today.

The break-in to the government vehicle occurred sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, said Bryan Travers, a spokesman for the FBI's Newark office. Citing an ongoing investigation, he declined to identify the agent, discuss how the vehicle was burglarized or in what town the incident occurred.

"The gun was secured," inside the vehicle, Travers said. But when the agent checked hours later, the rifle was gone, he said. There is no indication the weapon has been used in a robbery or assault, Travers said. The FBI is investigating the incident and has alerted the New Jersey State Police.

"We have a very good lead," Travers said.

FBI agents are allowed to store weapons in their vehicles provided they are properly secured, Travers said.

Law enforcement vehicles are often equipped with a locking system in the trunk to store weapons, said Rande Matteson, a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent who heads the criminal justice program at Saint Leo University in Florida.

Travers declined to say where in the vehicle the agent's weapon was stored.

The firearm, an M4 rifle, is an assault weapon used by members of the FBI swat team and other units. Fully automatic weapons cannot be sold, bought or possessed in the state of New Jersey except by military or law-enforcement personnel.

State law enforcement agencies have been put on alert and have been told to assume "that the vest bears FBI identifiers."

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/06/machine_gun_bullet-proof_vest.html
 

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Ouch do they deduct that from his pay? Seriously though, Io hope its recovered without incident
 

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Interesting couple of quotes in the article.....(bold added by me)

1.) "The gun was secured," inside the vehicle, Travers said. But when the agent checked hours later, the rifle was gone, he said.

2.) FBI agents are allowed to store weapons in their vehicles provided they are properly secured, Travers said.

1...it was stolen...I don't think that's considered "secure"

2...apparently they are allowed to store them insecurely too
 

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They said they have a very good lead, so it must be someone who already knows the guy is FBI and that he carries an AR. Probably also means that the agent likely knows the person who stole it, who probably came prepared to steal the weapon knowing how it was secured. If secured means locked in the trunk, well a car trunk is pretty easy to break into, I'd think 'secured', in reference to an automatic weapon in an agent's car, would mean locked into a rack that you can't just bust the lock apart or snip a cable, I've seen in-vehicle racks that lock around the barrel.
 

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laws aside....that has to one hell of a gun to own :)
 
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