The FBI is searching for an armored military Humvee that was stolen from a National Guard facility in a suburb of Los Angeles, California.
The Humvee was stolen from the National Guard Armory in Bell around 8.15 a.m. on Friday, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.
It was up-armored, upgraded and considered a combat vehicle, Fox11 reports. The vehicle is worth about $120,000, according to the FBI.
The bureau is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the recovery of the vehicle, the FBI wrote in a post on Twitter.
It is described as a green camouflage vehicle with four doors. The bumper number is 40BSBHQ6; the administrative number is WV57TO-HQ06/M1165A1; and the registration number is NZ311R. The battalion number, 40TH BSB, can also be seen on the vehicle.
Theft from a military facility carries a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison, the FBI said.
The Bell Police Department, the California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are assisting the investigation, along with the California Army National Guard.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the vehicle or the person or group responsible for the theft is urged to call the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office at 310- 477-6565.
The theft comes as the nation remains on alert for violence after a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, forcing lawmakers who had convened to formalize President-elect Joe Biden‘s electoral victory to evacuate.
The deadly insurrection, which left at least five people dead including a Capitol police officer, prompted the House to impeach Trump for an unprecedented second time this week, charging him with “incitement of insurrection.”
And the events of January 6 has raised fears that Washington, D.C. could be targeted by extremists in the days leading up to and including January 20, when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office.
According to The Associated Press, more than 25,000 National Guard troops are due to arrive by early next week to safeguard the capital from threats ranging from armed insurgents to the possibility that explosives devices could be planted at so-called soft targets.
Meanwhile, concern about violence at state capitals across the nation has also grown.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that he was deploying 1,000 California National Guard troops to help protect critical infrastructure, including the state capitol in Sacramento.
“In light of events in our nation’s capital last week, California is taking important steps to protect public safety at the State Capitol, and across the state,” Newsom said in a statement. “Our State Operations Center is actively working with federal, state and local law enforcement partners in assessing threats and sharing intelligence and information to ensure those disgraceful actions are not repeated here.”
The FBI has indicated that “online chatter” suggests violence is being planned around the inauguration. The bureau reportedly issued an internal bulletin warning that several groups are expected to hold armed demonstrations at the U.S. Capitol and at all 50 state capitols in the days leading up to January 20.