Former Sailors Accused of Stealing Body Armor

NORFOLK -- Two former sailors were indicted Thursday in federal court on charges they stole body armor from Oceana Naval Air Station and sold it to an undercover federal agent.

Robert C. Brick and Antwaun D. Lindsey are wanted on warrants, federal court records indicate. They both held master at arms ratings, a law enforcement and security designation, at the time of the alleged thefts.

Officials with Oceana did not return calls or emails seeking comment.

Brick, who was discharged from the Navy in September 2011, was charged with six counts of felony theft of government property. Lindsey, who was discharged in February 2012, was charged with three counts.

According to the indictments, Brick, 25, and Lindsey, 27, sold body armor on multiple occasions to an undercover Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent during the summer of 2011. They are accused of stealing the armor from storage facilities at the base's military police station.

Brick met the agent after responding to an advertisement, an indictment said. The ad, which was posted by the agents as part of an investigation into the illegal sale of government property, indicated they wanted to buy surplus military tactical gear.

Lindsey was introduced to the agent by a co-worker, an indictment said.

In all, Brick sold the agent four KDH tactical body armor vests with ballistic panels and inserts and three soft body armor vests, an indictment said. While each KDH tactical vest was worth more than $1,000, Brick sold the agent four for about $1,200, according to an indictment.

Lindsey sold the agent five KDH tactical body armor vests with inserts and one soft body armor, an indictment said. He made about $1,500 from the sales, an indictment said.

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