Man Admits Coverup in Soldier Antique Thefts

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A 33-year-old Leavenworth man has pleaded guilty in federal court to helping another man cover up the theft of antiques and household goods that belonged to soldiers.

Prosecutors say Christopher Wilson knew the collectable lunch boxes, decorative platters and other items had been put in storage for soldiers deployed or transferred from Fort Leavenworth. They say Wilson also knew his Century Van Lines co-worker, Robert Kieser, was taking the goods from 1999 through 2003 and putting them up for sale.

Some of the items were sold at garage sales, while others were sold to antique shops and on eBay.

Wilson pleaded guilty to one count of misprision of a felony and will be sentenced in December. Kieser is set to go on trial in January.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)