Additional Soldiers Arrested in Theft from National Guard Armory
HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn.- Four more soldiers have been arrested accused of stealing 798 30 round capacity M4 magazines from Lexington's National Guard Armory.
Lexington Police said none of the magazines were loaded at the time of the theft.
WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News was first to tell you about Bells Police officer Jonathan Walker's arrest. Now, four of his fellow guardsmen, Richard Walker, 42, Jeremy Camper, 32, Ronald Clark, 38, and Ryan Bromley, 24 have all been charged with theft over $1,000.
"We teach our grandsons to respect soldiers for what they do, now, how can I turn around and say you need to respect these people," said Lexington resident, Cindy Denison.
Officers said they recovered 593 magazines on the date they were reported missing, and on February 15, 200 more were recovered.
The Tennessee National Guard told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News they support the Lexington Police Department, and it is a civil matter being handled by local authorities.
"We've been programed throughout history to expect higher and better from our military and I guess if I could just say one word it would be disappointed," said Ron Denison.
Bells Police Chief Roger Jenkins said Jonathan Walker is on administrative leave with pay, but it will be reviewed on a week by week status.
All five soldiers have been released on bond, and are set to appear in General Sessions court on February 26.