Airman, Mother Charged with Stealing, Selling Military Equipment

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A U.S. Air Force staff sergeant and his mother are facing federal charges that they stole equipment from military helicopters, then sold the equipment online to overseas buyers.

Leonard Allen Schenk is scheduled to be arraigned this morning.

His mother's arraignment is set tomorrow.

Schenk is assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, building and maintaining aviation night-vision goggles, flight helmets and global positioning equipment.

He also faces charges of trying to hire an undercover agent to kill a
potential prosecution witness.

Public affairs officials for Hurlburt Field say Schenk is still a member of the Air Force, but they won't comment on the case.

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