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Air Force instructors accused of selling military weapons, ammo

Posted March 23, 2012 4:03 p.m. EDT
Updated March 23, 2012 4:06 p.m. EDT

— Air Force investigators have accused two combat arms instructors at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base of stealing military weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition and selling them online.

According to applications for search warrants to access two email accounts, Charles Poling and Devin Starling had more than 23,000 rounds of ammunition in their possession that matched lot numbers tied to Seymour Johnson. Investigators also seized several weapons from Poling's on-base home and Starling's vehicle, federal court records show.

Poling's wife told a military informant that her husband often sold stolen military ordnance, and investigators traced dozens of Internet sales allegedly made by Poling and Starling to buyers in nearly 20 states, according to the search warrant applications.

Poling, who is on temporary assignment in Greenland, and Starling have not been charged in the case.