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Bragg soldier pleads guilty to stealing $1M while deployed

Posted November 14, 2012 5:14 p.m. EST

— 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.