An employee of the Blue Grass Army Depot is under investigation for the theft of more than a hundred rounds of ammunition.
Officials at the depot in Madison County say the ammunition was stolen from a firearms training range used by depot security guards. Investigators say they later found the ammunition at the employee's home after serving a federal search warrant.
When people think of the Blue Grass Army Depot, massive weapons may come to mind. That's why when a civilian employee came under investigation for stealing ammunition from the army facility, it's commander wanted to make clear what was taken. Investigators recovered 118 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition from the employee's home. "He has admitted to stealing, obtaining from the depot some limited small quantities of small arms ammunition," the depot's commander, Colonel Brian Rogers said.
"When we say small arms ammunition, we're not talking about the chemical weapons," Colonel Rogers continued, "so at no time were any of those more sensitive munitions ever involved or ever exposed to potential theft."
After wrapping up a quarterly town hall meeting with employees, Rogers also wanted to reassure the public that this incident is not a reflection of the bulk of his workers. "We have a tremendous workforce here, who believes in their army values, good, hard-working, committed patriots, who have a single focus to supporting our war fighters," Rogers said.
Army officials have not released the identity of the employee, who works as a security guard at the depot, but Rogers says the suspect has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Federal agents with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) are leading the investigation. The United States Attorney will decide what charges, if any, are filed.