- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 18, 2007

Guns, ammunition and equipment were stolen from a car registered to the FBI, the bureau announced yesterday.

The car was one of about 20 that were vandalized in a public parking lot in the 1000 block of Water Street Southwest sometime between midnight and 3 a.m. Saturday, the FBI said.

The car belongs to a member of the FBI’s Washington field office who lives near the lot, spokeswoman Debbie Weierman said.

The thieves took guns, ammunition and “other FBI technical equipment” from the car, Ms. Weierman said. She would not talk in detail about what the equipment was or what it was used for.

“This employee was a member of a special response team,” she said. “He had an operational reason to have all that equipment in there. He’s on call 24 hours.”

Another car registered to the FBI also was vandalized in the lot, but nothing belonging to the bureau was taken from it.

Ms. Weierman declined to give estimates on the cost of the damage or the value of the stolen guns and equipment.

Police do not know how many people were involved.

“We have some very good leads and we’re working on those leads trying to solve this crime as soon as possible,” Ms. Weierman said.

She said there was a surveillance camera near the parking lot, but it wasn’t operated by the FBI. The Associated Press reported that security cameras captured images of five suspects.

The lot is near the Potomac River waterfront just a few blocks south of the Mall.

The FBI is offering up to $25,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the thieves, Ms. Weierman said.

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