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Two Marines Accused of Stealing Weapons

October 27, 2003

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ Two Camp Lejeune Marines were arrested and accused of stealing $25,000 worth of government weapons, ammunition and equipment, authorities said.

Lance Cpl. John David Stocks and Lance Cpl. Charles Anthony Rohrl, both 19, left the base about a week ago without permission, said Naval Criminal Investigative Services agent Michael Monroe. They were found in a home Saturday in York, S.C., after police received a tip.

Stocks, a York native, is assigned to the armory of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, where he helped issue, maintain and safeguard the unit’s weapons, said Staff Sgt. Pauline Franklin, a Camp Lejeune spokeswoman.

Rohrl is a basic infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, which is assigned to 2nd Marine Division, Franklin said.

Federal charges against the men were pending, authorities said.

They are accused of taking one M-16 A2 rifle, three M-9 pistols, two shotguns, ammunition for the three firearms, two K-Bar knives and three pairs of night vision goggles, Franklin said.

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