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WASHINGTON — Investigators are looking into the possible theft of meat from the Atsugi Commissary earlier this month, but so far have not charged anyone with a crime.

Kevin Robinson, spokesman for the Defense Commissary Agency at its Fort Lee, Va., headquarters, confirmed that workers at the Atsugi facility found “a possible shortage of meat products” during a routine store inventory on May 7.

He would not release a dollar figure for the approximate cost of the missing food, and emphasized that the investigation is still in the early stages.

“No one has been accused or charged with any wrongdoing,” he said. “At the present time, the store is conducting its own investigation to determine the extent of the inventory discrepancy and the circumstances surrounding any lost product.”

Robinson said an inventory discrepancy does not necessarily mean a theft occurred: Paperwork mistakes, pricing discrepancies or receiving errors could be to blame.

“It’s too early in this process to speculate about black marketing or any other unauthorized use of commissary product,” he said.

“Stores are routinely subjected to unannounced and scheduled inspections by teams from the DeCA headquarters inspector general’s office as well as agency security personnel. Any abnormalities in inventory management are identified for immediate correction.”

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