UPDATE: FBI Investigating Ammo Found in PVC Pipes

by ARLnow.com November 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm 8,289 50 Comments

(Updated at 10:00 a.m.) The FBI and Arlington County Police are investigating a suspicious find made by a utility crew.

The crew was digging in the area of Carlin Springs Road and N. Kensington Street, near the W&OD Trail, when they discovered eight PVC pipes labeled “ammunition.”

The county’s bomb squad investigated the contents of the pipes and didn’t find any hazards, according to Arlington police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. The pipes were about four feet long and contained rifle ammunition, Sternbeck said Thursday morning.

Police cordoned off the area around the pipes but there were no traffic diversions.

The find comes just over a year after VDOT contractors found PVC pipes full of guns buried along Patrick Henry Drive, leading to an FBI investigation. The suspect in that case, Cherrydale resident Rodney Gunsauley, pleaded guilty and was sentenced earlier this year to 40 months in prison.

Sternbeck said the pipes “appear to be related” to the Gunsauley case, but the FBI is continuing to investigate the incident. The Joint Terrorism Task Force was also notified of the investigation, he said.

Gunsauley buried items in multiple locations and likely couldn’t remember all of the locations where he hid his weapons and ammo, Sternbeck said.

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  • PipebombPETE

    KalashniKEV and I are best buddies.

    • KalashniKEV

      Pipebomb Pete! Didn’t I flex cuff you and put a sandbag on your head back in ’06???

      How are you posting this? Don’t tell me they have internet access in GITMO now?!?!

  • sam the cat

    omg….pvc pipe

    • Gunner

      …with NO hazards. In other news, no stolen cars were identified in the new Wilson Boulevard McDonald’s parking lot, and no drug deals were identified in the Lee-Harrison Harris Teeter.

      • Deadite

        You don’t think the fact that they were labeled “ammunition” and that some lunatic also buried guns in the area warrants at least some attention from the authorities?

        • Ridge

          Why? What was the threat? Granted he was a felon, so he cannot legally own or handle a firearm. But what danger is there to a bunch of pipes of anything buried underground?

          • Deadite

            That’s a joke, right?

          • Dave

            Do you know what you can do with PVC pipe?

          • Josh S

            Following directions in Make magazine a couple of years ago, I turned some into a really neat compressed air rocket launcher!! But DAMN that PVC pipe glue is REALLY REALLY smelly……

        • Id

          WOD trail will be the only way out of the area when the SHTF. Grab and go.

      • drax

        Gunner, next time you dig up something labeled “ammunition” in your back yard, just ignore it. It’s probably harmless. Just leave it there. Or pick it up and throw it in the trash with your bare hands. Nothing could go wrong.

  • gunnar

    BUT several nit wits were identified commenting on ARLNOW.

    • Trolls always think they are clever


  • Chopper

    There was a helicopter or two flying kind of low in that area last night. Related?

    • BigDODo

      Why would a helicopter be flying above suspcious pvc pipes buried in the group? It could have been a news copter, but this was not on the news. Use your common sense

      • BigDODo

        I meant buried in the ground. And no, I doubt this was helicopters for this incident

      • Just the Facts

        News helicopters are never overhead in Arlington….too close to DC no fly zone.

        • Joe

          that’s because of all the drones! (seriously)

      • Chopper

        Why was it/they using the searchlight?

    • Josh S

      Define “kind of low” and we’ll get back to you…..

  • KalashniKEV

    IF they really had ammunition in them it would be better than finding gold.

    The shelves are bare since the election… even at my go-to sources and distributors.

    • Malaka

      well that’s comforting

      • KalashniKEV

        LOL… if you think Obama just made gasoline expensive, think again!

        Anyone with their eyes open saw this coming and has planned accordingly. Still- I might hit up the Chantilly Show tomorrow after work just to feel like I’ve made “investments” in pursuing my hobby. 🙂

        • WeiQiang

          Sonny Paluso: You think Wes is God, don’t you.

          Donald Quinelle: No, not God, Just an ordinary man. Maybe a little ahead of his time, but just an ordinary man.

          Sonny Paluso: Wes is an a##hole.

          Donald Quinelle: Blasphemy! Oh, you’ll smoke a turd in hell for that!

        • Not Me

          If you think Obama made gase expensive, well then just… LOL.

          Economics isn’t for everyone. Now firearms on the otherhand…. THEMS FO EVERYONES!!

          Sorry for the lisp, I’m missing all my front teeth from when my papi dropped me.

        • Josh S

          Errr.. saw *what* coming, Kev? That Obama would win? Yes, many people did predict that.

          Saw an ammo shortage? Somehow linked to Obama getting re-elected? How does that work, exactly?

      • Hank


    • drax

      Paranoid suckers.

      • WeiQiang

        Candice Paluso: Listen, this is gonna sound like a really stupid question, but, uh, aren’t you guys gonna get really bored out here if society doesn’t collapse?
        Donald Quinelle: I wouldn’t worry about that. Wes says society is heading for the big “flush”. And we’re going to be the ones who are clinging to the rim while everything else goes down.
        Candice Paluso: Eeew!
        Sonny Paluso: What’re you going to do if things get better?
        Donald Quinelle: Is the air getting better?
        Candice Paluso: That’s true.
        Donald Quinelle: The economy? The Middle East? Arts, literature, television, US Presidents improving?
        Sonny Paluso: Anyone can nitpick.
        Donald Quinelle: Sonny, name one thing that’s gotten better in the last ten years.
        Sonny Paluso: [Sonny is stumped]
        Donald Quinelle: See?
        Candice Paluso: Video games.
        Sonny Paluso: Video games! There you are.
        Donald Quinelle: Alright, I acknowledge that.

        • drax

          Okay, okay, I’ll rent it! Stop already.

      • Id

        There are enough guns for every man, woman and child in the nation. If our country ever went into a civil war (which I do not think will happen) it will be one hell of a gun fight. You can see what happens when you take guns away from people i.e. Chicago. Virginia is a very gun friendly state and we do not have the shootings you do there. Do you want to be the one without a trigger to pull? Suckers or not, there are those who want a trigger to pull.

    • M1911

      I figured this would happen (since it did 4 years ago), and had stocked up on ammo and mags just in time. I could probably resell at least the ammo now for a profit, but then I’d have less ammo.

      Burying in sealed PVC pipes is actually a good way to store an ammo investment.

      • drax

        Why not in your bunker? Oh, yeah, Obama’s black helicopter storm troopers can detect that with their special ground-penetrating Second-Amendment-busting radar.

        • WeiQiang

          No need to get the Feds involved; Arlington County ONE has the proper equipment.

        • Ridge

          Are you always this thick headed? Maybe he doesn’t have a basement? Or he rents? But a shovel is cheap, and so is a topographical map and a sharpie.

          • drax

            His bunker doesn’t have to be on his property though. He could dig one in a community garden. Do I have to explain everything?

          • Id

            I have a SAM Missile site buried in Rose Park.

      • WeiQiang

        [Donald and Jack in a shoot-out to the death]
        Donald: Jaaaack?
        Jack: Yeah?
        Donald: Time out, OK?
        Jack: Time out?
        Donald: Time out.
        Jack: What do you mean, ‘time out?’
        Donald: You’re not gonna believe this. I was in a hurry when I left the cabin this morning, and, well, silly me, I got the wrong bullets.

    • WeiQiang

      Seriously? Do you amp up the rhetoric to entertain me with a parody of yourself?

      If you haven’t seen it, I’d like to recommend a movie called ‘Survivors’ with Walter Mathau [sp?] and Robin Williams. It’s hilarious and your recent screeds brought a smile to my face as they remind me of this movie.

      • SomeGuy

        WeiQiang, I usually appreciate your comments, and I prefer that you write real comments (like the one I’m responding to) vs. this movie script thing you’re trying.

        • Agree


        • drax

          I appreciate it when someone finds that a real person resembles satire. Satire IS commentary.

          • SomeGuy

            I appreciate satire. You and I have that in common.

        • Josh S


          You *prefer* different comments from an anonymous poster on an internet comment thread?


  • Paul

    Cannot remember where he buried weapons? What is the point of burying the weapons if one cannot remember where they are located. Sounds as dumb as a squirrel burying acorns.

    • SomeGuy

      Umm…. do you think maybe the suspect isn’t playing with a full deck?

    • KalashniKEV

      It’s far more common than you think.

      I might forget too, but then I lost all my guns in a canoeing accident before I could cache them.


    • Ridge

      “…and likely couldn’t remember all of the locations where he hid his weapons and ammo”

      Nobody knows if that is the case. It’s one man’s assumption.

    • Id

      Due to the number of squirrels burying acorns, they do not remember but their individual action increases the likelihood of them finding one, despite squirrels not remembering where they individually buried them. Sometimes, there is a method to mother nature’s madness.

  • Finders keepers?


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