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Bragg soldier pleads guilty to stealing $1M while deployed

Posted November 14, 2012

— A Fort Bragg soldier pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing more than $1 million in government property, including high-tech weapons, while in Afghanistan, authorities said.

Sgt. First Class Robert Alan Walker, 36, pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal government property and theft of government property. He will be sentenced later.

Walker was deployed with the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade from July 2010 to July 2011 and was in charge of a security detail tasked with moving staff and construction workers to different areas in Afghanistan.

Prosecutors said he and another service member, who hasn't been charged, concealed stolen goods in shipments and used Air Force cargo planes to get the items back to the U.S. Among the items stolen were a $290,000 lightweight laser designator rangefinder, which is used to locate and designate targets for laser-guided munitions, an all-terrain vehicle, plasma cutters and a cargo trailer.

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  • makeadiff Nov 16, 2012

    This is very dishonorable and very despicable behavior and should be heavily punished. If found guilty, make a big example out of him and his cohorts.

  • ICTrue Nov 15, 2012

    "Even more LOL. I work in automotive. Our service intervals are every 30/60/90k. I'm well aware of what 1k would be. Thanks though." GravyPig

    He is also right. I work in the wiring business and M is 1000,

  • GravyPig Nov 15, 2012

    "Gravy, K is metric, M is standard nomencalture (AKA the english system you know feet, inches, miles, gallons, etc.) both signifying a thousand. All I can say is we are heading into a new dark age when simple math symbols are lost on the masses."

    Even more LOL. I work in automotive. Our service intervals are every 30/60/90k. I'm well aware of what 1k would be. Thanks though.

  • michaelclay Nov 15, 2012

    Riddickfield, you're funny :-)

  • Riddickfield Nov 15, 2012

    Gravy, K is metric, M is standard nomencalture (AKA the english system you know feet, inches, miles, gallons, etc.) both signifying a thousand. All I can say is we are heading into a new dark age when simple math symbols are lost on the masses.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 15, 2012

    Sorry guys, you have to be in the administration of the congress in order to steal and not be punished.

  • GravyPig Nov 15, 2012

    "1 M is a thousand, 1 MM is a million WRAL. Check your headline."

    "@Riddickfield - 1K is a thousand.1M is a million."

    LOL

  • djofraleigh Nov 15, 2012

    checked on the "M" use as commented below...

    A single M is 1,000 only in Roman numerals. We don't use Roman numerals in normal headlines (aside from things like Super Bowls). For most headline writers, K is 1,000, M is 1 million, B is 1 billion, etc.

    the AP says: • Use Roman numerals for wars, monarchs and Popes:
    World War II, King George VI, Pope John XXIII

  • wayneboyd Nov 15, 2012

    If those who are in charge let him get away with shipping this stuff home right under their noses, I think I'd just let it slide. If this guy got this stuff by you, no telling how bad you let the petty thieves rip us off.

  • Brogden Nov 15, 2012

    Why hasn't the other crook been charged???

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