Federal law enforcement officials are investigating a theft of sensitive materials at a Massachusetts-based defense contractor.
According to one Boston news station, he theft may have taken place at the Raytheon plant in Tewksbury.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released the following statement on Monday:
“HSI (Homeland Security Investigations) special agents executed a federal search warrant yesterday evening. Because it is sealed, no additional information is publicly available.”
On Tuesday, ICE Spokesman Ross Feinstein said the agency would not be making further comment about the case and directed inquiries to the U.S. Attorney's office in Boston.
Christine Sterling, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office also declined comment but said if any arrests are made, that information would be released to the media.
Multiple Boston media outlets initially reported Monday that a laptop computer had been stolen from the Charlestown office of Homeland Security. However, those reports proved inaccurate.
Tuesday morning, FOX25 News in Boston reported that materials had been stolen from a Boston area defense contractor. The station indicated that contractor was Raytheon and that the theft had taken place at the Tewksbury plant.
Reached by phone on Tuesday, Raytheon spokesman Jon Kasle said he could not confirm that report and indicated he was surprised FOX 25 had singled out Raytheon, when the statement from ICE had not named the company involved.
"If there was something to investigate, obviously we'd be involved with that and cooperate fully," said Kasle.