In North Carolina, theft crime charges are serious business, no matter who you are. A 28-year-old Army soldier is likely realizing this after being accused of breaking into a gun shop. The 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper is now charged with stealing property valued at tens of thousands of dollars.
Authorities claim the young man broke into a gun shop and took a range of weapons and accessories. The value of the property apparently totaled over $68,000. Many details surrounding the break-in were not immediately available, but a police spokeswoman stated the man was arrested on May 7 after allegedly being found near the gun shop and hiding on the roof of a van. He has since been charged with theft crimes including felony breaking and entering, felony larceny of firearms and possession of stolen firearms.
Specifically, he is accused of stealing nine semi-automatic rifles, seven semi-automatic handguns, ammunition, gun sights and weapons magazines. The soldier is being detained at Cumberland County Detention Center and is under a secured bond of $50,000.
It would appear this man has an uphill legal battle. Not only is he facing charges in the civilian courts; there is a strong possibility that this incident will detrimentally affect his military career, possibly leading to additional charges within the military legal system. He will want to be completely aware of his legal rights and options, both civilian and military. As he answers the theft crime charges against him, a close examination of the circumstances of his arrest will be needed to protect his freedom and his employment.
Source: WSOCTV, "Fort Bragg soldier arrested in gun store theft," May 7, 2012