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A Marine and a sailor stationed at Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station pleaded guilty to theft charges Tuesday during their first trial session held in Yamaguchi District Court.

Cpl. Todd M. Heaney, 25, from Marine Aircraft Logistics Squadron 12, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Charles Ian Bucton, attached to Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, are charged with theft in connection with crimes committed in September.

Local police accused Heaney and Bucton of stealing about $4,700 of car parts from a Japanese dealership Sept. 28. They arrested Heaney on Jan. 11 and Bucton a few weeks later.

Once in custody, Heaney and Bucton also were accused of stealing auto parts, including a car bumper and four other items valued at about $2,300, from two cars at a repair shop some time between Sept. 2 and Sept. 21, and stealing an engine cover worth about $57 from another car dealer in Iwakuni city around Sept. 30.

In court Tuesday, Heaney and Bucton confessed to the indictment that was read by the prosecutor. Interrogation records also were presented.

An attorney representing Bucton said he plans to submit a record of compensation for the damages at the next hearing,set for 3:30 p.m. May 11.

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