Documents Reveal Government Contractor Stole FBI Vehicle Following Receipt of ‘Coded Messages’

According to a criminal complaint, John Worrell III entered the dark green four-door Ford sedan that had been parked in the garage at FBI headquarters on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 6.

Shortly after parking the car, the FBI agent realized that it was missing, which led to an investigation being initiated.

The vehicle was seen entering an FBI facility in Vienna, VA, where Worrell presented himself to the security at the facility as the owner of the FBI agent’s vehicle. He used the credentials found inside the car to authenticate his identity and claimed that he had a classified meeting scheduled at the facility, according to the complaint.

Worrell, who was later seen wearing a jacket and sunglasses that were left inside the car, was unable to provide access cards that matched the credentials of the FBI agent whose belongings were in the vehicle. As a result, he was instructed to park in the visitor parking area.

Despite making another attempt to enter the facility, he was once again denied access. It was at this point that security personnel approached Worrell and he eventually provided them with his Virginia ID, revealing his true identity.

According to the criminal complaint, Worrell was arrested by Vienna police. He claimed that he had been receiving coded messages for several weeks, which came in various forms such as e-mails, ‘stage whispering,’ and context clues. Worrell believed that these messages indicated that he was in danger and he was trying to reach a secure facility for his safety.

Worrell faced serious charges, including two felony counts of theft of government property and interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle.

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