Military authorities have recovered almost $2 million in stolen property as part of an ongoing investigation that so far involves almost 70 civilians and active-duty Marines and sailors.
A Camp Lejeune spokesman says commanders from that post and the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force are supporting the investigation. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is leading the investigation, which began more than 18 months ago.
NCIS spokesman Ed Buice in Quantico, Va., said Tuesday the property was sold at garage sales, out of the back of cars and other places.
Lejeune spokesman Nat Fahy said the 66 NCIS investigations involve 47 active-duty Marines and sailors, along with 21 civilians who sold stolen property. Buice says about half the cases have been settled in court.
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