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AIRMAN FROM MONTANA PLEADS GUILTY TO ’88 THEFT OF CLOTHING AND GEAR FROM HILL A.F. BASE

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Airman First Class Robin James Olson, one of the military policemen implicated in the "Project Punch-out" sting operation, pleaded guilty Monday to stealing clothing and gear from Hill Air Force Base.

Olson, 21, of Missoula, Mont., pleaded guilty to a single count involving the theft and sale of miscellaneous cold-weather clothing and equipment on Dec. 15, 1988. Sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 1990, at which time the government will move to dismiss six other counts.Under questioning by U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Greene, Olson said he was invited by Airman First Class Brian David Roth to participate in this particular theft.

Roth, 23, is one of two Hill security policemen who pleaded guilty to stealing three F-16 fighter jet engines from Hill. Roth and his partner, Airman Danny Joe Stroud, 24, are to be sentenced Jan. 26.

Roth "asked me if I wanted to go and make some extra money," Olson said. He said he did, and the two took Roth's truck to Building 830 on the base.

The door was unlocked and the two filled up three bags with gear and threw them in the rear of Roth's truck. Then, Olson said, he sold material from this theft to Military Surplus Brokers, the surplus store that the FBI set up in Roy.

Winder asked how it happened that the door to Building 830 was unlocked. "Just by chance, your honor," Olson said.

Under the plea agreement, Olson will cooperate with the FBI and give testimony if needed in other cases. But he will not be prosecuted for any other crimes that the government may know about, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Lubeck.