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Ex-Bragg soldier arrested with 'arsenal' of stolen weapons

Posted February 17, 2012

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— A former Fort Bragg soldier was arrested in New York Thursday on charges that he stole a cache of weapons from the military, authorities said.

Anthony Cibelli, 24, of Bronx, was charged with one count each of theft of government property and unlicensed transportation of explosives.

New York police searched an apartment in December and seized two grenades, six M-16 30-round magazines, two improvised explosive devices, four firearms and other ammunition.

Federal authorities said Cibelli, who served in Iraq in 2006 and 2008, admitted to smuggling the weapons back to Fort Bragg in a shipping container after his last deployment. When he was discharged in 2010, he arranged to transport them to New York.

“Cibelli had a small arsenal in his residence," FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Janice Fedarcyk said in a statement. "Our armed forces are issued weapons like these to carry out their mission, not to become personal property after their service. Keeping grenades and ammunition is more than reckless behavior, it is a threat to the safety of the city and the country."

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  • WooHoo2You Feb 17, 2012

    WOW....if he has an "arsinal" then I know lots of folks with full fledged "war departments" in their homes. this is typical liberal hysteria and embellishment... - SmokeWagon

    If you bothered to read the story an FBI agent was quoted saying he had a " small arsenal in his residence." Not everything is a media conspiracy....

  • WooHoo2You Feb 17, 2012

    .."But nothing on Fast And Furious gun running by Government officials?.."

    Nope....not out of Nomobamas "back pocket" liberal media...!!!! How many people dead now...will NEVER this reported.....!!!!!-SmokeWagon

    You don't hear too much about Reagan training, arming, AND funding the Taliban do you??? Must be the "liberal media" again, eh? How many people did that kill again.....

  • WooHoo2You Feb 17, 2012

    this is typical liberal hysteria and embellishment...or good ol' manufacturing of the "news".....!!!-SmokeWagon

    They should have saved room for "the are taking our guns" and " the new world order" right....

  • SmokeWagon Feb 17, 2012

    WOW....if he has an "arsinal" then I know lots of folks with full fledged "war departments" in their homes.....LOL...this is typical liberal hysteria and embellishment...or good ol' manufacturing of the "news".....!!!

  • udaycoosay Feb 17, 2012

    Wow, I hope they don't look in my kitchen cabinets!

  • mep Feb 17, 2012

    Hope those same officials dont show up at my home... they will really be shocked. Of course, mine are all legal, but who wants the govt to dictate how many guns or rounds of ammunition are "too much"? How many guns make an arsenal? When does a small arsenal become a big one? Pretty sure there is some bias in the story.

  • MagnumLoads Feb 17, 2012

    Tell that to Grandpa and the Luger he took off a German Colonel................hypocrisy!!!!!!!!!

  • SmokeWagon Feb 17, 2012

    .."But nothing on Fast And Furious gun running by Government officials?.."

    Nope....not out of Nomobamas "back pocket" liberal media...!!!! How many people dead now...will NEVER this reported.....!!!!!

  • rargos Feb 17, 2012

    Since when are four firearms an "arsenal" ???

    The grenades and IEDs are the dangerous items : not 6 MAGAZINES (which are legal and which he could buy from almost any gun store in the US).

    I agree completely that this guy should be jailed and that having stolen property (guns, ammo, or otherwise) is a serious crime, but calling four guns an "arsenal" is either dishonest, hysterical, or both.

  • scifion Feb 17, 2012

    >>"They are called "souvenirs" to most people. What a crock! Trumped up charges!"

    I'm sorry, but IEDs and hand grenades are not [souvenirs]. Now, he may be a decent guy and wanted to go set them off in the woods for fun, or maybe he wanted to use them in a politically motivated attack, I don't know, but those items are contraband not legal in the civilian realm, much less the soviet state of NY.

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