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THURSDAY - February 9, 2012

HOPE MILS MAN PLEADS TO POPE AIR FORCE BASE THEFT

ELIZABETH CITY - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday WALTER N. SELLMON, 29, of Hope Mills, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to transportation of stolen vehicles, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2312.

According to the Criminal Indictment returned on January 13, 2011, on July 20, 2010, and July 21, 2010, SELLMON broke into a house on Pope Air Force Base stealing personal property from the home. Included in the items taken were a 2008 Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck, a Rock River Arms .223 caliber rifle, a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol, a Smith & Wesson .45 caliber pistol, 96 digital video disks, two separate video game systems, five video games, a Pentax camera, a Cannon video camera, an iPod, a compact disk player and three pieces of jewelry. He then took the truck to Florida.

At sentencing SELLMON faces up to 10 years imprisonment.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Pope Air Force Base Security Forces, the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Special Assistant United States Attorney (Captain) Jamal Rhinehardt, with the XVIII Airborne Corps, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, is prosecuting the case.

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