Marines accused in theft of combat gear meant for Iraq

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February 23, 2006|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

SAN DIEGO -- Nine people, including several Marines at Camp Pendleton, have been arrested on charges of stealing $63,000 worth of combat gear meant for troops in Iraq, including flak vests and helmets, and trying to sell it on eBay, officials in San Diego and Philadelphia announced yesterday. More arrests are expected.

Several civilians and a dozen Marines, all stationed at Camp Pendleton and some now serving in Iraq, are suspected of being part of the ring that stole three fragmentation vests, seven Kevlar helmets, 104 protective plates for vests, 14 outer-tactical vests, 74 M-16 magazines, two gas masks and 100,766 Iraqi dinars.

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