And they face up to 10 years behind bars.
Some thieves are more daring than others, but that doesn't make them any less stupid. And now at least one person is looking at serious time behind bars in federal prison. According to CNN, a military Humvee stationed at a National Guard Armory base in Bell, California has been recovered after it was stolen last week. Valued at $120,000, the green-camouflaged vehicle has the typical military upgrades and is considered to be combat-ready.
The report doesn't state if any weapons were stored in the vehicle when it was taken. It disappeared last Friday morning at around 8:15 a.m. and it didn't take long for someone on base to notice it was gone.
Later that day, a photo of the Humvee was released by the FBI asking for the public's help locating it. Fortunately, it turned up Wednesday in nearby Vernon, which is also part of Los Angeles. It's not clear if it was found by civilians or the police. The FBI released a second photo showing the vehicle at the location where it was found, again asking the public for information leading to the culprit(s).
Anyone who has information is being asked to come forward. There's also a $10,000 reward being offered for anyone with information leading to an arrest.
Chances are the guilty party will be found and they'll be facing a maximum of 10 years in federal prison. What motivated someone to sneak into a military base and drive off in a combat-ready Humvee is also a serious cause for concern as is the ineffective security. But why steal a military Humvee in the first place? It's not like you can drive it around town without being noticed. If they had the funds, which is doubtful, they should have just bought the all-new GMC Hummer EV.
Whoever successfully helps the feds track down the guilty party could, ironically, use the reward money as a down payment towards one of those new Hummer EVs.