Man accused of stealing Army gear

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A civilian U.S. Army employee in Northern California is suspected of stealing sophisticated military equipment recently returned from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Devon Gregory Biggs Jr. is accused of trying to smuggle nearly $85,000 worth of equipment from the Sierra Army Depot in Lassen County, according to federal court documents cited by the Sacramento Bee.

Biggs, 36, was the lead employee at the 36,000-acre Army base in charge of receiving and categorizing military gear returned from overseas.

Court documents say it is unknown how long the alleged thefts took place. Biggs was taken into custody last week after authorities watching him on surveillance video saw him take several items out of a warehouse.

Officers said Biggs had several advanced thermal imagers, lasers and scope mounts in his possession.

Investigators also found parts of a fully automatic M16A1 rifle were found concealed in the bed of a government pickup truck Biggs used.

A search of Biggs' personal vehicle also found four metal night vision helmet mounts.

Biggs did not enter a plea during his first appearance in U.S. District Court in Sacramento on Friday. He is free on $50,000 bond and due back in court April 26.

Biggs could not be reached for comment Monday.