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Contractor steals FBI car, tries to use agent’s identity to enter facility

A federal contract employee stole an FBI agent’s car in Washington and attempted to enter a restricted facility before being arrested, authorities said in court documents filed Wednesday.

According to court documents, John C. Worrell III, who works at FBI headquarters, drove the car from the bureau’s garage using keys left in the car by an agent. He had a contractor access badge and left his keys in the car, which is typical of his behavior because parking is limited, investigators wrote.

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He is charged with theft of government property and transportation of stolen property.

His father, John Worrell Jr., said his son had been under a lot of personal stress recently, had no grudge against the government or the FBI, and was not affiliated with any organization. His attorney, Jay Mikitiuk, said he was still familiarizing himself with the facts of the case and had no immediate comment.

A billboard outside the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Washington, D.C., July 3, 2023. (Celal Gunes/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

After investigators discovered the car was missing, FBI police eventually found surveillance video that showed the dark green four-door sedan leaving the garage.

Documents say Worrell drove to an FBI facility in Vienna, Virginia. He showed his agent credentials and claimed there was a secret meeting at the facility, but was confronted by security when he could not produce an access card.

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He was arrested wearing an agent’s jacket and glasses and admitted to taking the car from an FBI garage, according to court documents. During a search of the car, police found a magazine for a handgun belonging to an FBI agent in the fanny pack.

According to court documents, the man told police he believed he had been receiving “encoded messages” in recent weeks saying he was in danger and was trying to get to a secure facility. He said he was there. He had previously visited the Vienna site as part of his work as an outside government contractor assigned to FBI headquarters.

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