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A Naval Air Station Sigonella local national employee was busted last week for stealing from the base commissary.

Commissary officials in Sicily alerted the Italian carabinieri after noticing an ongoing discrepancy in inventory, especially of high-priced meat items, said Gerri Young, spokeswoman for the Defense Commissary Agency, Europe.

While randomly checking local national employees’ vehicles as they left base late July 20, carabinieri officers noticed a bulge under Giuseppe Scuto’s jacket.

The carabinieri reportedly found commissary goods on the night-shift store worker and in his vehicle.

A local newspaper that reported the carabinieri raided the commissary was incorrect.

Scuto, 38, was arrested and officers searched his residence, where they found about $600 in commissary goods, said Dan D’Ambrosio, supervisory special agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Italian authorities sentenced Scuto to 1 and a half years of probation. Scuto also lost his job at the store, where he had worked since 1996, Young said.

“We understand and believe that most of our employees are very loyal and honest,” Young said. “However, sometimes things like this happen.”

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