Virginia Man Stole Equipment From Marine Helicopter Squadron That Flies Presidents

Branden Roy Baker, 34, stole about $94,392 worth of equipment from Helicopter Squadron One.

A Virginia man stole almost $100,000 in equipment from the U.S. Marines helicopter squadron responsible for transporting the U.S. president.

Branden Roy Baker, 34, of Stafford, pleaded guilty to theft of government property Tuesday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District Virginia.

He stole $94,392 worth of image intensifier tubes and other night vision parts from Helicopter Squadron One between September 2013 and April 2015, according to the plea agreement. He found buyers on and negotiated with them via email.

The U.S. Attorney's Office did not say how he stole the equipment.

Baker faces up to 10 years in prison after his sentencing on August 11.

Helicopter Squadron One transports the president and VIPs and tests and evaluates aircraft and systems for the Fleet Marine Forces.

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