November 22, 2015
WORCESTER, MA – James Walker Morales, 34, was arrested in Waterbury, New York on Wednesday by the FBI. According to court documents he was tied to the theft by a combination of DNA evidence gathered at the scene, surveillance footage of the suspect and his car, and the fact that Morales, currently on charges of child rape, was wearing a court-ordered monitoring bracelet that, via GPS, placed him directly inside the facility during the burglary.
James Morales, served in the U.S. Army Reserve from the time he enlisted in September 2008 to 2013. He served in the 455th Medical Company at Fort Devens until April 2010, when he joined the 405th Combat Support Hospital in Worcester.
Investigators say Morales entered through a window, then climbed on top of the weapons vault. He then used a power saw and pry bar to cut through the vault’s ceiling, and left behind blood stains that match his DNA.
According to police, he got away with 16 weapons, including handguns and assault rifles that can fire a three-round burst with a single pull of the trigger.
Investigators say the video shows him going in at 7:43 p.m. Saturday but the alarm on the vault was not triggered until 9:07 p.m. Although the alarm was set off no one responded and Morales left three hours later at 12:08 a.m. It is unknown why but Army personnel didn’t report the break-in until 7:30 Sunday morning.
Authorities this week arrested a recently discharged Army Reserve soldier with a criminal history in connection with the theft of 16 guns, six M4 select-fire rifles and 10 M11 9mm handguns.
Investigators have not said if they recovered the weapons there were stolen.