PITTSBURGH The former
manager of a U.S. Navy bombing range has been accused of
conspiring with salvage yard owners to steal $6.7 million in
scrap metal between 2005 and 2011.
Harry Mann has been charged with
one count of conspiracy and numerous counts of theft of
government property and aiding and abetting.
Also charged were Rudy Lozano
and John Williams, who operated two salvage and recycling
According to the criminal
complaint, Mann would contact Lozano, Williams and a third
unnamed co-conspirator to steal vehicles, parts and various
heavy equipment machines from the Dare County Bombing Range in
eastern North Carolina. The activities would take place at
night and weekends.
Items sold for scrap included a
20-ton military personnel carrier and more than 10 tons of
aluminum runways, the indictment said. The men were also
alleged to have stripped a functioning vehicle, selling its
motor and batteries, as well as the scrap metal generated from
After the scrap was sold, Mann
was paid between 4 and 7 cents per pound for the material he
supplied, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District
Court in North Carolina.
Investigators seized $245,037
from Manns residence and $45,341 from two bank
Mann, Williams and Lozano
couldnt be reached for comment.