National Guard Humvee is stolen in Bell
The FBI is asking for the public’s help in finding a Humvee stolen Friday morning from the California Army National Guard.
The vehicle is attached to the A Company 40th Brigade Support Battalion, according to information released by authorities. It was stolen from a National Guard armory in Bell, which also houses a recruiting station and is shared by Army, Navy and Marine Corps reserves. The guard and the reserves keep their vehicles in a common motor pool.
Besides being painted in green camouflage, the vehicle had all sorts of official identification, including bumper No. 40BSBHQ6, registration No. NZ311R and a sticker under the right front headlight that reads 40TH BSB.
“We went to the press as quick as we could hoping someone would recognize it,” said Laura Eimiller, a representative for the FBI’s office in Los Angeles.
As someone put it on Twitter: “Identifiers also include being a literal military vehicle driven by a guy who looks like he would steal a literal military vehicle.”
The Humvee’s notable characteristics extend beyond the color. The vehicle is “up-armored,” as the military puts things, making it more resistant to attack.
It’s considered a “combat vehicle,” Eimiller said.
The vehicle is worth $120,000 and there’s a potential $10,000 reward for its return. Stealing it carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
Less than two weeks after far-right extremists attacked the U.S. Capitol, with rumors circulating of other possible attacks, the theft of such a vehicle is getting attention on social media.
“Prob being driven to the closest capital to be used to blend in. Kind of a bad time to let this happen,” a poster wrote. Others commented in a similar vein.
Eimiller said there’s no evidence indicating such a threat in connection to this theft “at this time, but we’re not ruling any of this out.”
It’s also not unheard of for opportunists to steal a military vehicle or otherwise exercise bad judgment.
In November, a Pomona man allegedly went to an Army Reserve Center in Upland, drove away with a military Humvee worth more than $200,000 and briefly led police on a chase through residential streets.
Law enforcement authorities are on high alert across the country.
On Friday evening, U.S. Capitol Police arrested a Virginia man who was found with guns and ammunition after attempting to enter an inauguration security checkpoint near the Capitol with a credential that was not authorized, according to court documents.
That case appears for now to have been a false alarm — with the man genuinely confused about where he was — and having no apparent intention to cause mischief.
Anyone who sees the missing combat Humvee can call the FBI at (310) 477-6565.
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