A FBI counterterrorism supervisor is under internal investigation after his gun was stolen following a night of heavy drinking in North Carolina, according to The New York Times.
The Times on Thursday that Robert Manson had his Glock .40-caliber handgun stolen from his room at the Westin hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, last July.
Manson, a unit chief in the FBI’s international terrorism division, also had a $6,000 Rolex watch and $60 in cash taken from the room, according to a police report.
FBI spokesman Michael P. Kortan on Thursday confirmed the incident is the subject of an internal investigation but declined to give additional comment.
Manson oversees all terrorism probes in the Carolinas and the Midwest as a FBI unit chief assigned to the bureau’s headquarters.
A law enforcement official familiar with the episode earlier this year said Manson and other senior FBI agents were in Charlotte for training.
A second person who was briefed on the probe said that the agents later told police that they had been drinking with women who said they were exotic dancers.
“Investigators determined that the victim, Robert Manson, met a woman in the hotel bar the prior night and took her back to his hotel room,” Robert Tufano, a spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, said in a statement.
Police officers from the department were called to the hotel at 6:30 a.m. local time the following morning.
Manson was incapacitated because of alcohol, according to the police report, which he did not personally file.
Kevin Thuman, a fellow FBI agent, gave the report, noting the theft happened from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. local time, adding that the Westin’s bar closes at the former hour.
The report identifies the thief only as “an unknown suspect,” and it does not mention Manson’s work for the FBI.
The gun was listed in the report as a Glock 27, a compact model that is easily concealed, and it is unclear where Manson was storing it.
Federal law allows agents to carry concealed firearms while off duty, but not while they are intoxicated.
FBI rules forbid agents from leaving their guns in unsecured places, and the Charlotte Westin has a safe in every room.