Fort Hood: Man Sentenced For Theft From Post Exchange Store

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

FORT HOOD (February 7, 2013)—A man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday after he earlier pleaded guilty to stealing some rings from the Army and Air Force Exchange store at Fort Hood.

Federal district Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., sentenced Darius T. Cooper to serve 5 years probation, pay $649 in restitution and pay a $100 special assessment to the court.

In a document presented in court at Cooper’s plea hearing, government investigators say on April 26, 2012, a Fort Hood security officer began an inventory at the exchange and discovered that four sets of rings, valued at almost $17,500, were missing from inventory.

The investigator reviewed a videotape of the jewelry counter at the exchange and saw Cooper get into the closed counter and remove several items.

An FBI agent later interviewed Cooper who admitted he had stolen the merchandise.

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