Atlanta, GA – 100 rifles stolen from a CSX train car in an Atlanta train yard, with potential terrorism links to terrorists in the area. According to the Associated Press, the 100 rifles stolen are under investigation by Federal authorities. The weapons cache heist included “AK-style” assault rifles.
Resembling The Great Train Robbery novel written by Michael Crichton, the Atlanta train heist is a mystery bringing back memories of the wild west. Although, perhaps this is largely due to federal authorities being quiet about details.
The 100 rifles stolen might have a connection to terrorists. According to AllVoices, news of the Atlanta train robbery came the same day that Mark Giuliano, FBI special agent for terrorism in the Atlanta Division, said, “There are a number of people in Georgia” the FBI is monitoring for terrorism potential.
“We have a very robust joint terrorism task force in the city,” Guiliano said, “and we work very closely with the state and local federal agencies to make sure we’re on top of those threats.”
Back on August 22, two Georgia militia men, Fred Thomas and Dan Roberts, were caught illegally procuring an unregistered explosive device. They were caught on audio recording saying, “I could shoot at the ATF and IRS all day long, at the judges and the DOJ and attorneys and prosecutors.”
The 100 rifles stolen link to potential terrorism has not been confirmed by federal authorities. Very few details have been officially released and it is not certain whether the two investigations are connected.
“The weapons were taken from a CSX rail yard on the city’s northwest side in mid-November,” said Richard Coes, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
The ATF believes the 100 rifles stolen were taken on or around November 12. The boxcar was positioned at the CSX Tilford Yard at the time of the assault rifle heist. The Tilford Yard is located about four miles northwest of downtown Atlanta and is one of the CSX company’s major rail yards in Georgia.
The Jacksonville, Florida-based company says it is cooperating with federal law enforcement agents to recover the 100 rifles stolen and investigate the theft in what the company called “a rigorous investigation led by them.” The CSX rail network includes about 21,000 miles of track in 23 states.
“When any crime occurs, but especially any crime involving safety,” Gary Sease, a spokesman for rail line CSX Corporation, “we prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law and work in close cooperation with partners in law enforcement agencies.”
CSX representatives did not immediately return phone calls early Friday morning about the 100 rifles stolen.