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'Up-armored' National Guard Humvee stolen in California

by Staff reporter
18 Jan 2021 at 19:05hrs | Views
An armored Humvee has been stolen from a National Guard facility in California, according to a report.

The $120,000 military vehicle was swiped Friday morning from the 40th Brigade Support Battalion National Guard Armory in Bell, a suburb of Los Angeles, according to the FBI, which put out a $10,000 reward.

The Humvee is "up-armored" - making it more resistant to attack - and is considered a "combat vehicle," Laura Eimiller of the FBI's LA bureau told the Los Angeles Times.

The alert immediately sparked speculation online that the theft could be tied to threats of ongoing violence before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

Eimiller told the LA Times that the theft was not directly linked to the threats "at this time" - but added, "We're not ruling any of this out."

Theft from a military facility carries a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison, the FBI warned.

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