A US Air Force Security Forces member was arrested on Tuesday after stealing night vision devices, thermals and other high-end items from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and selling the them online.
Zachary Sizemore was arrested at his Huber Heights residence by Homeland Security agents for theft of government property, according to documents filed in Dayton’s US District Court.
Sizemore allegedly sold off at least 38 pieces of military gear for $50,000 from July of 2013 to November 2016. Sizemore was the Security Forces (SF) Armorer, responsible for all of his unit’s arms, night vision devices and equipment in the arms room, totaling to around $2.9 million.
Released on his own recognizance the same day he was arrested, Sizemore was ordered to report next week to the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn for his arraignment. The maximum punishment for theft of government equipment worth more than one grand is ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Sizemore’s activities were discovered in June of this year, after federal agents serving a warrant in New Jersey discovered a parcel at the address- containing PVS-7D night vision optics and Sizemore’s name on the return address.
In October, an undercover operative engaged Sizemore about purchasing a miniature thermal monocular for around $4,000. Sizemore’s other sales included infrared aiming lights, red dot sights, monoculars and other devices.
According to the Springfield News-Sun, Sizemore was trained as a Tactical Automated Security System (TASS) operator, which made him a specialist in intrusion detection and surveillance systems used for security monitoring around fixed-site air bases, semi-permanent Forward Operating Bases and other mobile tactical deployments, according to court documents.
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