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FBI ARRESTS 2 IN MILITARY-EQUIPMENT THEFT

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FBI agents have arrested two Delaware men who are charged with selling military equipment stolen in that state to undercover agents in Utah.

The arrest of Jerome Zabeck and his son Frank, both of Dover, is the latest action in the "Operation Punchout" sting, in which agents set up a phony military surplus store in Roy and bought military material. Many of the items - including jet engines - were stolen from Hill Air Force Base.Eugene F. Glenn, special agent in charge of the FBI's Salt Lake City Division, said the Zabecks were arrested by agents from Salt Lake City and Baltimore. They are named in a six-count indictment that alleges theft of government property.

Charges include selling kevlar fragmentation vests, helmets and gas masks stolen from military bases in Delaware.

In other action involving Operation Punchout, guilty pleas have been entered by three Hill Air Force Base military policemen who stole equipment: Airman First Class Robin James Olson, a 21, of Missoula, Mont.; Airman First Class Brian David Roth, 23, of Chesterland, Ohio; and Airman Danny Joe Stroud, 24, of Newton, Kansas.

Roth and Stroud are to be sentenced Jan. 26, while Olson's sentencing is set for Feb. 14.