How warheads get stolen in Romania: train machinist allegedly smuggles diesel, gendarmes reportedly watch TV while on duty
The four boxes were found missing from a train while it halted at a station in Giurgiu county close to a border point between Romania and Bulgaria.
Railway personnel found that the seal on one of the train carriages had been broken, as news agency Mediafax reported. Officials later announced that the military transport did not involve state contracts but the equipment produced in Zarnesti was subject to a private contract with a Bulgarian company.
Officials also said that the warheads were not dangerous unless placed in missiles and that most probably they were stolen by scrap metal traffickers.
On Monday, TV news stations and other media reported, quoting various sources involved in the investigation, that the machinist of the train from which the 64 warheads were stolen had stopped in the town of Stanesti, Giurgiu county in order to smuggle some 70 liters of diesel oil. Reports also said that the machinist and his assistant were subject to prosecutors' inquiries during the night.
Military officials on Sunday only said that gendarmes accompanying the train were not doing their job properly. Reports emerged on Monday that the 10 gendarmes guarding the train and who were supposed to stay on duty for the time the train halted had allegedly all gathered in the first carriage and were watching television when the warheads were stolen.
Sources quoted by various media said that the train had stopped three times between Brasov, Central Romania and the southern border crossing with Bulgaria.