Three Men Charged with Concealing and Selling Stolen Army Telescopic Rifle Scopes
BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted three Birmingham-area men on charges of concealing and selling stolen U.S. Army telescopic rifle scopes, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, Pentagon Defense Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent in Charge John F. Khin and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Glenn N. Anderson.
Charged in the indictment are GARRETT THOMAS HOWZE, 23, and DUSTIN PERRY HUGHES, 24, both of Trussville, and RYAN PATRICK WHITE, 31, of Birmingham.
The two-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges that between January 2010 and March 2010, the three men received and concealed 63 Aimpoint CompM2 optical rifle sights and two ACOG Model TA31RCO optical rifle sights that they knew had been stolen from the Army. The Army paid $18,164 for the rifle sights.
The indictment also charges that the three men conspired to conceal and sell the stolen rifle sights to a Hoover business. The business became suspicious of the sights, contacted authorities and cooperated throughout the investigation.
“The theft of armed forces property meant for our soldiers and paid for by U.S. taxpayers is a serious offense,” Vance said.
The maximum sentence for receiving and concealing stolen U.S. government property is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum penalty for conspiring to sell the stolen property is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The DCIS and ATF investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael W. Whisonant Sr. is prosecuting the case.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
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