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3rd Man Sentenced In Theft Of Va. Guard Equipment

6:49 AM, May 16, 2012   |    comments
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Waynesboro man will spend two years on probation for participating in a scheme to steal tactical flashlights from the Virginia Army National Guard.

Raleigh Lewis Anderson also must pay a $1,000 fine.

The Daily Progress reports that Anderson was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Charlottesville. He pleaded guilty last December to conspiring to steal government property.

Two co-defendants, Michael Wayne Tutwiler of Mechanicsville, and James Tucker Creamer of Amherst County, were sentenced Monday. Another co-defendant, John Robert Watkins of Richmond, is scheduled to be sentenced July 23.

Prosecutors say the weapons-mounted flashlights were stolen from the National Guard while the defendants were deployed to Iraq from September 2007 to April 2008. Flashlights also were taken from the National Guard's Armory in Albemarle County after the men came home.

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