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FBI investigating weapons stolen from U.S. Army Reserve in Massachusetts

More than one dozen military-grade weapons were stolen from Lincoln Army Reserve Center in Worcester, Mass. during a break-in late Saturday night, officials said.

A local CBS News affiliate reported that the number or types of weapons stolen were not disclosed; however, the Daily Beast reported that law enforcement said 10 pistols, several long guns and six M4 assault rifles were taken.

FBI spokesperson Kristen Setera said that the missing weapons were entered into a national database and law enforcement on the state, federal and local levels were notified. “We are collaborating with Massachusetts State Police, Worcester Police and others to locate and recover these weapons immediately,” she said.

The agency added that there is not any indication that the incident was connected to terrorism. “We’re currently looking into it,” Hank Shaw, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston division, said.

“Nothing at this point in time would tie this to any specific threat or anything else,” he said during a media briefing at the State House on security measures, during the aftermath of the attacks in Paris.

Setera added that “there is no indication that these missing weapons are connected to any kind of terrorism threat whatsoever.” Though the incident is not being connected to terrorism, the agency will not halt or slow their efforts to find the weapons.

At a press conference Sunday with th FBI, Gov. Charlie Baker told the public to stay vigilant in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, Washington Times reports. “The more opportunity people have to rely on citizenry to serve as the eyes and ears, the more it makes a difference,” he said, according to CBS. “These sorts of things people are going to be chasing and investigating no matter what, and I think it’s important for us to recognize that law enforcement will be collaborating, communicating, cooperating across all levels of government.”

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