UPS worker planning mass shooting had 20,000 rounds of ammo and weapons cache, police say

Police found tactical backpacks with ammunition 'staged' at the suspect's California apartment.
Sunnyvale officers discovered the suspect was the registered owner of four handguns and a rifle.
Sunnyvale officers discovered the suspect was the registered owner of four handguns and a rifle.Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety / via Facebook

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By Tim Stelloh

Authorities searching the California home of a UPS worker who threatened a mass shooting found body armor, tactical rifles and 20,000 rounds of ammunition, police said Monday.

Thomas Andrews.Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety / via Facebook

Thomas Andrews, 32, was arrested on suspicion of evading police, driving under the influence and several weapons violations, police in Sunnyvale said in a statement.

Authorities said they received a report Sunday night that Andrews was planning a mass shooting at the UPS facility in the city of Sunnyvale, near San Jose.

When officers tried to stop him three hours later, shortly after 11 p.m. PT, a pursuit on one of the state’s main thoroughfares, Highway 101, followed.

After officers stopped Andrews, they searched his Sunnyvale apartment and found thousands of rounds of ammunition, high capacity magazines, five tactical rifles, a shotgun, three handguns, body armor and tactical backpacks with ammunition.

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The backpacks were “staged” at the apartment’s front door, the statement said.

Jail records show that Andrews is being held at the Santa Clara County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

It wasn’t clear if he has a lawyer.

A UPS spokesman said the company was aware of the situation and is cooperating with authorities but declined to comment further.