6 Fort Campbell soldiers charged in theft of restricted Army equipment sold online
WASHINGTON – Six Fort Campbell soldiers were indicted on federal conspiracy charges Wednesday for allegedly stealing more than $1 million worth of sensitive military gear that was sold on the Internet, in some cases to anonymous buyers in foreign countries.
The U.S. Justice Department revealed the indictment Thursday, announcing the soldiers had stolen sensitive items, including gear restricted from use outside official U.S. military duty, and sold them to two civilians who resold the equipment on eBay.
The gear was stolen between 2013 and 2016, according to the indictment, and included sniper telescopes and rifle accessories, machine gun parts and accessories, grenade launcher sights, flight and combat helmets, communication headsets, body armor and medical supplies.
Some of the items “are extraordinarily and inherently dangerous in the wrong hands and outside of the military or police tactical use,” U.S. Attorney David Rivera said Thursday during a news conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
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