A U.S. Border Patrol agent in the Laredo, Texas, faces state theft charges after allegedly pawning his government-issued night vision equipment after claiming it was stolen.
Laredo Police arrested 24-year-old Luis Enrique Aranda in Eagle Pass, Texas, on a warrant charging him with state jail felony theft, the Laredo Morning Times reported.
The case followed a short investigation by Laredo Police and U.S. Border Patrol that was triggered when an off-duty agent reportedly spotted a set of night vision goggles like the ones used by the agency at a local pawn shop and told a supervisor. The equipment allows agents to see at night without the aid of flashlights and are valued at approximately $2,700.
In February, Enrique Aranda reported his night vision equipment stolen when changing duty stations, according to authorities. The agent allegedly pawned the equipment for $200.
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