Parking Dispute Leads to Arrest for Pentagon Official

Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman introduces Army Maj. Gen. Robert Cone, who appears on a television monitor at the Pentagon via satellite from Kabul for a briefing on operations in Afghanistan, Nov. 12, 2008. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman introduces Army Maj. Gen. Robert Cone, who appears on a television monitor at the Pentagon via satellite from Kabul for a briefing on operations in Afghanistan, Nov. 12, 2008. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

A top Defense Department official, upset over a neighborhood parking dispute, has been arrested and will do 32 hours of community service at a local food bank.

Bryan Whitman, a civilian leader in the Pentagon's public affairs office, was charged with three counts of theft for stealing license plates off a car belonging to a neighbor's nanny and leaving a threatening note.

In an agreement reached with the Superior Court in Washington, D.C., the charges will be dropped if he pays $1,000 in restitution, does the community service, stays away from the neighbors and the nanny and doesn't get into trouble for 10 months.

The arrest came to light Wednesday, and stunned Pentagon officials and Whitman's co-workers. The Pentagon says Whitman is still working in his current job.

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