PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) – Police are searching for a suspect after a stolen vehicle, that was reported to have several firearms inside, was found in Palmer on Tuesday.

According to State Police Spokesperson David Procopio, around 9:30 a.m. State Police were called to an apartment building on Gay Street after Palmer officers located a stolen 2014 black Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck. The truck was reported stolen out of Whitingham, Vermont overnight around 2:30 a.m. and was reported to have multiple firearms, body armor and armor-piercing ammunition in the vehicle at the time it was stolen.

Palmer Police Chief Christopher Burns told 22News around 8:38 a.m. Tuesday morning, Springfield Police found the vehicle and attempted to chase after it but the truck got away. The vehicle was tracked to the Palmer area through the truck’s on-board vehicle tracking system.

No one was in the vehicle at the time it was found. Palmer and State Police created a perimeter around the apartment building and closed off Gay Street and River Street for several hours. State Police determined the firearms were no longer in the vehicle and Palmer Police said the suspect was not in the apartment building. State Police also were given consent to search a nearby home and the suspect was not found.

State Police have provided a photo of the suspect at the time of the theft in Vermont. It is believed the suspect left the Gay Street area in another vehicle.

One area neighbor told 22News that despite the incident, he still feels safe in the Thorndike area of Palmer, “This is a safe area, they were from somewhere else, they stole from Vermont. Thorndike is a peaceful little town, village really.”

22News also heard from others in the neighborhood, who expressed more of a concern that the incident involved not only a stolen vehicle but stolen guns.

The stolen truck was taken by State Police for potential evidence. Police are still investigating the incident and searching for the missing firearms and suspect. If you have any information on the suspect, you are asked to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-722-4600.