Military store owners accused of selling stolen Camp Lejeune items
By ANDREW CARR | The (Carlisle, Pa.) Sentinel | Published: February 25, 2014
CARLISLE, Pa. — After posting $1 million in property to meet bail conditions, a couple charged with racketeering were released from Cumberland County (Pa.) Prison on Friday.
Gary Lee Russell, 47, and Denise Russell, 44, both of Shippensburg, Pa., and owners of military discount store Weekend Warrior at 12 W. King St., were charged after their business and home were raided by the Naval Criminal Investigative Services on Nov. 11.
Both were charged with two felony counts of corrupt organizations, three counts of receiving stolen property and three counts of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.
The two were each initially held on $1 million bail, which was modified to $500,000 each at a Nov. 15 bail hearing.
Bail was posted Friday after a hearing last Tuesday regarding the bail. Three properties, including the Russells’ store, were put up for collateral.
Denise Russell’s sister and brother-in-law, as well as her parents, also put up their family homes in Franklin County to ensure the Russell’s comply with all bail conditions and show up to their scheduled court hearings.
Shippensburg Police, along with NCIS agents, conducted the raid on the business after an investigation into the sale of stolen military items from Camp Lejeune, N.C.
A confidential informant set up a buy of military equipment, and he connected with Denise Russell on the sale of $37,280 worth of merchandise which the informant told Russell was stolen, the search warrant states.
Undercover officers then delivered property to the Russells on Nov. 10, authorities said.
A search warrant was later executed on a truck at the Russells’ home in the 200 block of Witmer Road, and the military property was recovered intact, court documents said.
Weekend Warrior was boarded up and closed after the Nov. 11 raid.