Second arrest made in connection with alleged thefts at Sierra Army Depot
Tuesday, July 8 — A second defendant was arrested for conspiracy to steal and sell government property and theft and sale of government property from Sierra Army Depot.
According to a press release from the Department of Justice, former Depot employee Tony Herrin, 36, of Reno, Nevada, was arrested Monday, July 7.
On Thursday, July 3, a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment alleging that between January and April 2013, Herrin and co-conspirator Devon Biggs, civilian employees at the Depot conspired to steal and sell United States military equipment from the Depot.
According to the indictment, on numerous occasions Herrin and Biggs removed United States military equipment from the Depot buildings, adjusted items codes in the computer database to conceal their thefts and arranged to sell the equipment to various buyers.
On one occasion, it was alleged they loaded a military vehicle with equipment stolen from Depot and drove to a parking lot just outside the gate and sold the equipment to an individual.
Herrin made an initial appearance in Reno on Monday and is scheduled to be arraigned on July 14, 2014.
If convicted, he faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on count one and 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on count two. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables, according to the press release.
Biggs was charged in a separate indictment on May 5, 2013, and is scheduled to appear in district court for a status conference on Sept. 17.