Staff Sgt. Jorge Solorzano Jr. accused of stealing military equipment from armory, indictment says

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A staff sergeant faces federal charges after more than $400,000 in military equipment was stolen from a U.S. Army Reserve Armory in Palm Beach County.

On April 3, the U.S Army reported the theft to the West Palm Beach Police Department, according a criminal affidavit filed in federal court.

The Army says that numerous items were taken from the U.S. Army Reserve Armory at 2901 Tuxedo Ave. in West Palm Beach.

The items reported to stolen included body armor, outer tactical vests with small arms, protective body armor inserts, military-grade night vision goggles, military-grade gas masks, bayonets, 30 round magazines for M 4 machine guns and boxes of ready to eat meals.

Investigators determined that there was no sign of forced entry at the armory and the locker was opened with a key.

One of the locks at the armory was cut, according to police, to make it look like there was a break-in to the facility.

West Palm Beach police say that Staff Sgt. Jorge Solorzano Jr. worked at the Armory as a supply sergeant and was one of two individuals with access to the key box which holds keys to all of the locks to and inside the warehouse.

Investigators said that Solorzano reported to duty on March 31, 2014 despite being off that day.

Police said Solorzano organized some of the items that were later reported missing for a training deployment for the National Guard.

West Palm Beach police determined that Solorzano pawned two pairs of night vision goggles for $1,000 on Nov. 30, 2013.

The pawned goggles, which the Army says were worth more than $7,000, were recovered from the pawn shop.

Police say that Solorzano's fingerprints matched those on the night vision goggles.

Solorzano was arrested and is facing federal charges for stealing from the United States government.


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