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Former Fort Bragg soldier sentenced for stealing night vision goggles from Army

By RACHAEL RILEY | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | Published: July 24, 2020

A former Special Forces soldier will spend 25 months in prison and pay back $250,000 to the Army for stealing $2 million worth of night goggles.

Bryan Allen, 35, of Louisiana was sentenced Thursday by Chief U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle for theft of property belonging to the U.S. military and aggravated identity theft.

He previously was a property book officer for the 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg.

A news release from U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon stated that the theft included 43 enhanced night vision goggles and that Allen forged another soldier's signature at least once "to cover his theft."

Court documents state that a search warrant was issued Feb. 28, 2019, at Red Hose Military Surplus on Yadkin Road, where 13 enhanced night vision goggles were seized.

The night goggles were among 43 that had been moved from the property books of two companies in the 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group between April 9, 2019, and June 20, 2018.

Investigators reviewed text messages between Allen and Red Horse Military Surplus' owner, who has also been arrested and charged but has not had any court dates since April 2019.

Allen sent a first text message April 6, 2018, asking if the owner was interested and asked for $2,500 each on April 9, 2018.

"Hey bro I got four more ... you interested?"" he texted again April 24, 2018.

Allen continued to ask the owner if he was interested in more of the night vision goggles between April, May and June, 2018, according to court documents.

A special agent who wrote the criminal complaint and also previously served in the Army said that Allen, who was a Chief Warrant Officer 2 at the time, had access to companies' property books as a senior property account technician.

The special agent said that the enhanced night vision goggles require disposal and destruction in accordance with Department of Defense policies "when removed" from military use and are "not to be purloined from the U.S. military and sold for personal gain."

"Allen knows (the goggles) are U.S. military sensitive items that are regularly inventoried and accounted for, " the special agent wrote.

Defense Criminal Investigative Service, U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Division, and the Department of Homeland Security, Investigations investigated the case.

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