Being charged with a weapons crime can happen in different situations. In some cases, New Jersey defendants are accused of crimes such as theft or domestic violence along with charges related to weapon use or possession. In other cases, firearms or other weapons are the sole focus of a criminal charge. Local, state or federal authorities can all be involved in cases involving felony weapons charges.
In early November, a theft occurred at a United States Army Reserve Center in Worcester. Multiple weapons were taken from the facility. The location of some of the weapons stolen remains still unknown. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations has indicated that it will pay $15,000 in reward money to find and recover them. This reward is for the recovery of six M-11 pistols.
To date, two people have been arrested in conjunction with the break-in and theft. The first arrest took place on Long Island. The man arrested had previously been a member of the Army Reserves. He has been charged with breaking in to the armory as well as involvement in taking 16 different weapons during the event. More recently, a 26-year-old Boston woman was apprehended by authorities and arrested, based upon accusations that she was also connected to the theft. She faces charges of lying to federal agents as well as illegal possession of an assault rifle.
When facing criminal charges for serious felonies, the outlook can look bleak. Talking with an experienced criminal defense attorney may be a good idea for defendants in this type of situation.
Source: New Jersey Herald, “2nd arrest linked to theft of weapons from armory,” Nov. 30, 2015