NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A Jamaica, Queens, man has been convicted in Virginia of stealing counterattack parts worth $70,000 from a submarine to sell for scrap metal.
A federal jury found 37-year-old Frank E. Spaulding guilty on Tuesday of theft of public property and making false statements.
The U.S. attorney's office in Virginia said Spaulding took two steel domes from a pier at Norfolk Naval Station in December 2006, when the USS Hampton was being refurbished. The domes, weighing 230 pounds apiece, cover anti-torpedo units that confuse approaching enemy torpedoes.
Spaulding sold the domes for about $2,000 to a scrap dealer in Virginia Beach.
He's scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 21.
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