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RAF MILDENHALL, England — An airman was sentenced to seven months’ confinement and received a bad-conduct discharge for his involvement in a scheme to steal bulletproof vests from the U.S. Air Force and sell them over the Internet.

Senior Airman Thurstan L. Freeman pleaded guilty Monday at his court-martial. His accomplice, Airman Fredrick Williams, was sentenced to one year of confinement for his role in the scam at a March court-martial.

The two stole 14 Gator Hawk Class 3 Ballistic Vests from the 352nd Special Operations Group valued at more than $1,000 each and sold them on eBay for an average of $300. The two had individual e-mail addresses, a PayPal account to accept online payment and maintained a detailed ledger with costs and profits.

The U.S. Air Force has only been able to recover eight of the vests, according to the 100th Staff Judge Advocate’s office. The six at-large vests include two that were shipped to Cambodia.

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