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Ohio man pleads guilty to taking VA center's items

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge connected to the theft of almost $90,000 worth of equipment from a veterans medical center.

U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart says Curtis Clark III of Pataskala (puh-TAS'-kuh-luh) entered his guilty plea Friday to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property.

Messages seeking comment were left with Clark's attorney.

Generators and welding equipment were taken from the Veterans Affairs medical center in Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAHTH'-ee) in October 2011. The items were later found in a West Virginia storage garage.

Stewart says the investigation led to the 48-year-old Clark, a patient at the VA hospital. He says Clark admitted to knowing who stole the equipment and helping to transport the items to sell in West Virginia.

Sentencing has not been scheduled.

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