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Virginia National Guardsman accused of stealing WWII-era dog tags seeks trial delay

A shadow box honoring the service of Airman Theodore Ream on display in the home of Robert Rumsby's wife's grandmother featured a dog tag that he took from the National Archives in College Park, Md. The posting of this photo online helped lead investigators with the National Archives to Rumsby and four missing World War II-era dog tags.

ROBERT RUMSBY

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: August 11, 2019

GREENBELT, Md. — A Virginia National Guard sergeant is asking a federal judge to postpone his trial on a charge he stole World War II-era dog tags from the National Archives and Records Administration in Maryland.

The judge didn't immediately rule on Friday's request by an attorney for Robert Rumsby, of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Rumsby is charged with theft of public records. His trial is scheduled to start Wednesday in Maryland.

A complaint says Rumsby told investigators he took dog tags that belonged to four U.S. airmen killed in plane crashes in 1944.

Rumsby's wife is the great niece of one of those airmen. Rumsby said he gave that airman's dog tags to his wife's grandmother as a Christmas gift and gave another airman's dog tags to a relative of that serviceman.

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