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Historian accused of stealing, selling dog tags and other documents from National Archives

Historian accused of stealing, selling dog tags and other documents from National Archives

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WBFF) - A historian is charged with stealing dog tags and other documents belonging to World War II-era servicemen from the National Archives at College Park, according to a press release.

Antonin DeHays, 32, of College Park, allegedly sold the stolen dog tags on eBay, and, on at least one occasion, gave a stolen dog tag from a Tuskegee airman to a Virginia museum in exchange for the chance to sit inside a Spitfire airplane.

The historian was charged by federal criminal complaint Tuesday and is accused of stealing government records from the National Archives and Records Administration.

The theft is alleged to have occurred between October 2015 and June 9, 2017. On June 9, investigators executed a warrant at DeHays' home and seized six dog tags, as well as other documents that had been stolen from National Archives.

If convicted, DeHays faces up to 10 years in prison.

"The theft of our history should anger any citizen, but as a veteran I am shocked at allegations that a historian would show such disregard for records and artifacts documenting those captured or killed in World War II. Although we have increased our security measures in recent years, this case highlights the constant threat our records and artifacts face and why the security of the holdings of the National Archives is my highest priority," said Archivist of the United States David Ferriero in the press release.


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