Navy SEAL admits selling stolen grenades, gas masks
By TIM MCGLONE | The Virginian-Pilot | Published: February 7, 2014
A Norfolk man admitted today that he sold stolen military smoke grenades, gas masks and 200 rounds of ammunition while he was an active duty Navy SEAL.
David K. Becker, 24, didn’t know, however, that he was selling the stolen property to an undercover federal agent, court records say.
Becker pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to one count of theft of government property. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 9. He remains free on $50,000 bond.
Agents with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service noticed that Becker was offering the grenades for sale on an outdoor equipment auction website last year, according to the court records.
The agents set up a sting in November and purchased the grenades from Becker and then a few days later purchased the gas masks and ammunition. Becker admitted that he had stolen the items from his Virginia Beach SEAL unit.