SEAL pleads guilty to stealing government property

David Becker, photo courtesy Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A man accused of stealing government property while he was an active-duty Navy SEAL entered a guilty plea Thursday.

David Karl Becker, 24, of Norfolk pled guilty to theft of government property.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Becker took a plea agreement. The statement of facts said Becker tried to sell military property online through an outdoor equipment auction website. Agents with NCIS saw him list military M18 smoke grenades for sale.

On Nov. 20, an undercover agent met with Becker and bought two of the grenades. The grenades were Navy property.

Another purchase was scheduled for five days later, and Becker offered to sell the undercover agent numerous firearms and other military equipment. The agent bought two Special Forces grade gas masks and 200 rounds of 5.56 NATO ammunition.

All of the items were taken from Becker’s Navy command.

Becker is scheduled to be sentenced May 9.

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