Submachine guns, rifles, ammo stolen from D.C.-area FBI agent

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Two submachine guns, ammunition and body armor were among equipment stolen from an FBI agent's sport utility vehicle, authorities said.

Weapons taken Jan. 13 in southwest Washington from the vehicle issued to the agent also included two rifles and a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun, the FBI said.

"We understand the seriousness of those weapons in the hands of untrained individuals," Joseph Persichini Jr., head of the FBI's Washington field office, said Friday. "We are doing everything possible to identify those responsible and recover the property."

The SUV had an alarm and the weapons were taken from security containers that were broken into, Persichini said.

The FBI decided this week to offer a $25,000 reward in the theft.

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