Central Texas man arraigned for theft of soldier's field gear

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A Killeen man appeared in federal court Monday in Monday where he was arraigned for theft of $12,000 worth of field gear from a soldier who was about to deploy.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C, Manske arraigned Bradford Leroy Stone on a charge that he, and Willie Charles Anderson, on April 18, loaded the bed of a Dodge Ram pickup truck with more than $12,000 worth of US. Army equipment that was not assigned to them and drove off post.

Anderson underwent the same court proceeding Monday, but in a different cause hearing.

On April 18 a Killeen police officer stopped a pickup truck because the truck's license plate was partially obscured and unreadable.

As the truck stopped, Anderson, the driver, told Stone to run, because that's what he planned to do, authorities said.

Killeen police caught both men and arrested them for evading arrest, which gave officers the probable cause they needed to search the truck.

"The truck was filled with stolen military equipment, different tools and paints, along with other miscellaneous items," the factual basis entered into the record Monday, said.

The equipment, the document said, had been issued to a soldier who was about to deploy to Afghanistan for combat duty and included field gear, medical equipment and two bulletproof vests.

The factual basis said during an interview Stone admitted he and Anderson "broke into a secured car at the Stone Hill Apartment in Killeen and stole personal clothing and equipment which had been issued to a soldier.

Both men were ordered to remain in custody until their next court appearance.