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Trial delayed for Virginia National Guard soldier charged with stealing WWII dog tags

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 13, 2019

GREENBELT, Md. — A federal judge has agreed to postpone a trial for a Virginia National Guard soldier charged with stealing World War II-era dog tags from the National Archives and Records Administration in Maryland.

A trial was scheduled to start Wednesday for Robert Rumsby of Fredericksburg, Virginia, but his attorney asked for more time to prepare. Magistrate Judge Thomas DiGirolamo agreed Tuesday to move the trial date to Oct. 30.

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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