4 additional airmen indicted in scheme to steal ammunition from Fairchild Air Force Base

Fairchild Air Force Base
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SPOKANE, Wash. — Additional airmen have been indicted in a scheme to steal ammunition from Fairchild Air Force Base.

John I. Sanger, 30, and Eric A. Eagleton, 29, were charged with conspiracy to commit theft of government property in late April.

Now, 40-year-old Shawn Robson, 25-year-old Nathan Richards, 25-year-old Jonah Pierce and 29-year-old Austin Limacher are facing charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the scheme included falsifying records at the Air Force base in order to conceal the theft.

Authorities began investigating Sanger in early March for his anti-government remarks. Sanger then advised an undercover agent that an Airman on the Combat Arms Training Management team (Eagleton) would regularly steal ammunition.

Sanger said several members of the CATM regularly stole ammunition and that the undercover agent was invited to join them for a shoot at the Fishtrap Lake shooting range.

The new indictment said Richards provided Sanger a one-gallon Zip Log bag with approximately 300-350 rounds of green tip ammunition. Richards reportedly told Sanger the ammunition was stolen and further explained that members of the CATM section falsified the records of a USAF Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit’s weapons qualification to reflect the ammunition as having been expanded.

“This provided Richards and the other CATM members the opportunity to divide the ammunition amongst themselves,” the indictment reads.

Court records show Eagleton detailed stealing up to 3,000 rounds in a day and dividing the stolen ammunition between all members of the CATM section. This conversation was captured by the undercover agent, who was wearing an audio recording device.

After the shooting, Sanger reportedly gave the undercover agent roughly 60 stolen green tip rounds. Later that month, Sanger and the undercover agent again exchanged texts regarding plans to meet Eagleton to get more stolen ammunition.

An affidavit says Eagleton was photographed opening the top of an ammunition can and showing the contents to Sanger before handing over the entire can.

In late April, the Air Force OSI found stolen ammunition at Richards’ residence in Nevada following a move to a different Air Force base there.

All of the men involved face a variety of charges, including knowingly possessing stolen ammunition and unmarked firearms.

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