Over nearly four years, four Marines allegedly stole small arms ammunition and explosives from Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, according to an indictment issued Monday by a federal grand jury.
The indictment states the thefts took place between September 2010 and July 2014. During this time, Caleb James Anderson and Austin Allen Cross allegedly took ammunition and explosives from the armory and buried them at the ‘Shoot House’ located at the base. Then, “on multiple occasions,” Anderson “altered paperwork to make it appear as though stolen ammunition was accounted for or expended so he could provide it to other people,” including Cross, Sean Patrick Reardon and Kyle Preston Clasby.
Anderson and Cross also allegedly took ammunition and explosives, and transported them to a St. Marys rental property owned by Reardon, while Clasby took multiple amounts of the same to his residence in Colorado. Finally, around Feb. 14 of this year, Reardon allegedly dug up two crates of ammunition and explosives that were buried on his St. Marys property, and dumped the crates into the Satilla River at a Woodbine boat ramp.
The four men are all charged with conspiracy to receive, conceal and retain stolen property belonging to the United States, possession of explosive materials and theft of government property. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum of five years in prison, with the other two charges both having a maximum of 10 years attached. All three counts carry a maximum of three years’ supervised release.
The grand jury also issued an indictment in a separate case for Freddie Shaw Jr. on charges of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
On July 21 of this year, authorities in Glynn County found Shaw allegedly in possession of a Hi-Point Model C9, 9 mm pistol and an amount of marijuana. The indictment did not include how much marijuana Shaw allegedly had in his possession at the time of his apprehension.
In other federal court matters, Wednesday, Amy Lynn Manson pleaded guilty to one count of illegal use of a phone to facilitate distribution of controlled substances for her role in the Glynn County drug shed case. She was also charged in Glynn County Superior Court for her actions in that matter, but the district attorney’s office indefinitely suspended its prosecution of her in June.
Michael Lawson of the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office, who was assigned as a task force officer with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testified that Manson used co-defendant Troy Crosby’s phone to order cocaine from co-defendant Kenneth Leon Bradley, that she intended to sell.
Lawson said on at least one occasion following that call, Manson and Crosby met with a confidential informant and sold that informant cocaine, with Manson receiving the money. She faces up to four years in prison and one year supervised release. The sentencing has yet to be scheduled.