3D printer capable of making weapons disappears from MTA shipyard

A brand new $103,000 3D printer capable of making parts for “ghost guns” disappeared from a Brooklyn MTA railyard earlier this year — and has yet to be found, The Post has learned.

The printer was delivered to the Pitkin train station on March 24 but was not reported missing until 12 days later, on April 5, said a source with knowledge of the investigation into what officials suspect was the theft.

According to two sources familiar with the investigation, the MTA’s inspector general focused his investigation into the missing device on a group of shipyard supervisors.

Surveillance footage from a camera at the loading dock where the printer was delivered is “mysteriously missing,” a source said.

The device – which could be used to make parts for so-called ghost weapons that are built and sold on the black market – remains in the wind, sources said.

“It could be used to print parts for firearms,” ​​they warned. “The lack of oversight here has cost the agency more than $100,000 and potentially put people at risk.”

In this August 1, 2018 file photo, Cody Wilson holds a 3D printed gun called the Liberator at his shop in Austin, Texas with Defense Distributed.
The 3D printer could be used to print parts for firearms, a source said.
AP/Eric Gay

A representative of the MTA IG confirmed that an investigation is ongoing.

A source close to the probe said MTA workers who were questioned about the pressure strike were not asked if it could be used to create ghost weapons.

“Most of the interviews had to do with supervisors,” the source said. “It had to be a manager who knew what was in the box – someone who would approve the order and have access to a lot of the keys.

This file photo dated Sunday, February 4, 2018 shows subway cars parked at the Mets-Willets Point marshalling yard of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York.
The MTA Inspector General has focused his investigation into the missing device on a group of shipyard supervisors.
AP/Mark Lennihan

“Investigators didn’t ask about ghost weapons. Transit workers don’t make spirit weapons,” the insider added.

“They asked the workers, ‘What are you doing with the 3D printer?’ The printer is used to make parts for the train instead of going to a catalogue.”

An MTA representative confirmed the printer was “stolen”. The Transportation Authority, which has faced a spike in shootings, many of which have been fatal, in recent months, did not immediately comment on how such a potentially dangerous item could be so easily stolen.

“The MTA became aware of the theft of a 3D printer from a Brooklyn rail yard and took immediate action to investigate,” MTA spokesman Dave Steckel said in a statement.

“We appreciate that the office of the inspector general is also contributing its resources to establish facts that support law enforcement.”

MTA officials also on Thursday slammed the Supreme Court decision overturning New York’s 100-year-old law restricting the carrying of concealed firearms.

“The presence of weapons in a sensitive location like the New York transit system is an unacceptable risk,” MTA General Counsel Paige Graves said in a statement.

“In light of this Supreme Court decision, we have begun to develop appropriate rules to keep dangerous weapons off our subways, buses and commuter trains.”

The NYPD confirmed officers are investigating a break-in in Pitkin’s yard and put the printer’s cost at $103,000.

No arrests were made.

Additional reporting by Tina Moore 3D printer capable of making weapons disappears from MTA shipyard


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