A homeless man walking through a Bronx park near Yankee Stadium found several guns that had been stolen from an Army facility in Massachusetts, police said Sunday.
Investigators traced the weapons to a recent break-in at a military armory in Worcester.
The 51-year-old homeless man stumbled upon the weapons while collecting bottles and cans at Mullaly Park near Yankee Stadium. The man reported his find to police, who said the weapons included a fully automatic M4 carbine and two 9mm handguns.
Authorities say they found six of the other 16 guns stolen in the Nov. 14 heist at Lincoln Stoddard Army Reserve Center, though it wasn't immediately clear where those had been located.
James Morales, 34, a former army reservist accused of child rape in an unrelated case, faces federal charges accusing him of stealing the weapons. A surveillance video shows Morales leaving the armory with duffel bags and placing them in a black car, according to an FBI affidavit.
Blood drops found at the scene were tested and match Morales' DNA, authorities have said.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in New York said Morales waived identity and probable cause hearings during an appearance in court Friday.
His attorney couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
The Army says Morales was in the reserve from Sept. 2008 until Nov. 2013 and his discharge had nothing to do with any legal trouble.