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Reno man accused of stealing military equipment from Sierra Army Depot

A former employee of the Sierra Army Depot in Lassen County was arrested Monday, accused of stealing military equipment.

On Thursday, a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment alleging that between January and April 2013, Tony Herrin of Reno, and co-conspirator Devon Biggs, civilian employees at the depot, conspired to steal and sell United States military equipment from the depot, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Herrin, 36, was arrested Monday on suspicion of conspiracy to steal and sell government property, and theft and sale of government property.

Biggs was charged in a separate indictment May 5, 2013.

The indictment alleges that, on numerous occasions, Herrin and Biggs removed U.S. military equipment from Sierra Army Depot buildings, adjusted item codes in the computer database to conceal their thefts and arranged to sell the equipment to various buyers. On one occasion, they allegedly loaded a military vehicle with equipment stolen from the Sierra Army Depot, drove the vehicle to a depot parking lot just outside the depot gate and sold the equipment to an individual whom they had arranged to meet.

Herrin made an initial appearance in Reno on Monday and is to be arraigned Monday.

Biggs is to appear in district court for a status conference Sept. 17.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Law Enforcement Division of the United States Army and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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