Man pleads guilty to stealing from Red River Army Depot

A man who stole more than $700,000 worth of property from Red River Army Depot pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court.

Jason Allen Autrey, 36, admits in court documents that he sold the Hawker batteries and Bradley bolt-on armor kit parts he took on an almost daily basis from July 2015 to May 2016 for scrap to Tri-State Iron and Metal in Texarkana, Ark., for a total of $22,954.84. The stolen parts were worth $762,000, court records state. Autrey signed a document which states he is responsible for restitution in the full amount of the government’s loss. Autrey had access to the parts because of his position as a heavy mobile equipment mechanic inspector in the dynamometer section of the maintenance directorate.

Autrey appeared Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven with Texarkana attorney David James for a change of plea hearing in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas on one count of theft of government property.

He faces up to 10 years in federal prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both at sentencing. Autrey will be scheduled to return to court for sentencing in several months before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder. Craven allowed Autrey to remain free on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

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