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Navy SEAL pleads to property theft, sale

Feb. 7, 2014 - 07:35AM   |  
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NORFOLK, VA. — A Navy SEAL has pleaded guilty to stealing government property and selling stolen ammunition and explosives.

Twenty-four-year-old David Karl Becker of Norfolk entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Norfolk.

According to a statement of facts filed along with his plea agreement, Becker was stationed in Virginia Beach and tried to sell military property through an outdoor equipment auction website.

Federal prosecutors say the listed property included military M18 smoke grenades for sale. On Nov. 20, an undercover agent bought two smoke grenades from Becker that were the property of the Navy. When a second purchase was arranged, Becker offered to sell the agent numerous firearms and items of military equipment. The agent bought two gas masks and 200 rounds of ammunition.

Becker will be sentenced on May 9.

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