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Man Admits He Stole Night Vision Equipment From Marine One, Sold It On eBay

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A former Marine sergeant pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing nearly $100,000 worth of night vision equipment from Marine One and selling it online, according to the Department of Justice.

Brandon Baker of Stafford, Va., used his position to steal equipment from the Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia and sell it through eBay between September 2013 and April 2015.

The items Baker stole are worth $94,392, according to his plea.

The 34-year-old Baker “stole at least fifty-one image intensifier tubes and other night vision parts worth approximately $94,392 from a department and agency of the United States, specifically from Marine Helicopter Squadron-One (HMX-l), a part of the Department of the Navy,” the plea states.

Baker himself did not work on Marine One, which transports the president, but instead was assigned to maintenance on V-22 Ospreys, Military.com reports.

Baker deployed three times after joining the Marines in 2002. He did one tour in Iraq 2008 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010, Marine Corps officials told Military.com.

Baker faces a maximum of 10 years in prison with three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine for stealing government property. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 11.

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