Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing from Virginia National Guard

April 4, 2012

A Richmond man has pleaded guilty to stealing at least $10,000 worth of tactical flashlights from the Virginia Army National Guard.

Prosecutors say 39-year-old John Robert Watkins participated in a scheme with several other Guard members to steal the weapons-mounted flashlights. The thefts occurred from September 2007 to April 2008 while Watkins was deployed with the Third Company of the 116th Regiment to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Daily Progress reports that Watkins pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Charlottesville to conspiring to convert more than $1,000 worth of government property to his personal use.

James Tucker Creamer and Michael Wayne Tutwiler pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges stemming from the thefts.

Watkins' sentencing is set for July 23.

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