A trash bag with some of the weapons stolen from the Worcester armory was found in the Bronx, New York, according to a New York Police Department spokeswoman.
The NYPD said the 51-year-old homeless man was collecting cans at Mullaly Park, across from Yankee Stadium, when he found a black garbage bag with three guns inside about 9 a.m. Friday. He turned the guns over to police.
Police said the guns were stolen Nov. 14 from the vault of the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Massachusetts has charged James Walter Morales, 34, with robbing the armory. Morales, who was free on bail while facing child rape charges, was arrested Wednesday outside a United Artists movie theater in Westbury.
FBI agents said Morales stole six M4 rifles and 10 Sig Sauer M11 9-MM pistols from the Army reserve armory vault in Worcester. Authorities have not accounted for the other 13 weapons.
FBI officials said Morales entered the vault by breaking a kitchen window near a drill room and using a power saw and pry bar to cut a hole through the ceiling of the weapons vault and “several layers of metal and wood.”
A grainy surveillance video showed a man leaving the armory with duffel bags. Police said they also took a blood sample left at the armory that was traced to Morales.
A federal judge in Central Islip ordered Morales on Friday to be transferred to Massachusetts to face charges there.
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