As numerous armored military “Humvee” vehicles were deployed in Washington D.C. Sunday, the FBI had a Humvee mystery on its hands in Southern California as someone stole a Humvee from a National Guard Armory in the city of Bell.
The FBI was offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the missing combat vehicle painted in green camouflage.
There was no suggestion from the FBI that the theft may be tied to possible violence the bureau warned of that could erupt in the nation’s capital or at various state capitals.
The theft of the $120,000 military vehicle occurred about 8:15 a.m. Friday from the National Guard Armory, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
Similar Humvees were deployed throughout the nation’s capital as Washington D.C. was locked down by thousands of National Guard troops, police and other members of law enforcement in advance of Wednesday’s inauguration of the new president, Joe Biden. The massive show of force came in the wake of deadly riots after a speech by President Donald Trump Jan. 6.
The Humvee was described as a four-door high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle, Eimiller said. It is armored, upgraded and considered a combat vehicle.
It is green camouflage in color, with a bumper number of 40BSBHQ6 and registration number NZ311R, she said.
The theft carries with it a penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison, Eimiller said.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the Humvee was asked to call the FBI at 310-477-6565.