A third person has been arrested in connection with a burglary at an U.S. Army Reserve center in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
Tyrone James, 28, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of making false statements. He is scheduled to appear in a Boston federal court on Jan. 4.
According to court documents, former Army reservist James Morales was arrested on Nov. 19 for stealing 16 weapons, both rifles and handguns, from the Worcester Armory. A day later, the investigation led federal agents to the house of Ashlee Bigsbee and Tryone James, who had met with Morales the day after the robbery.
Morales told investigators that Bigsbee introduced him to Tyrone James, who then arranged the sale of five handguns in two separate transactions, which Tyrone James falsely denied, the complaint says.
However, forensic examiners recovered numerous previously-deleted text messages in which Tyrone James allegedly offered to arrange the sale of the stolen guns.
For example, on Nov. 15, Tyrone texted one contact, “Bro hit me if u know anyone lookin for any blicks” and then in a separate conversation, he allegedly negotiated the sale of three M-11 handguns for $900.
If convicted of the felony gun charge, Tyrone James could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. For the false statement, up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
After his arrest, Morales was charged with one count of unlawful…