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Border Patrol agent arrested after pawning night vision goggles: Police

May 12, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol agent arrested after pawning night vision goggles: Police

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent working in Laredo, Texas is facing state theft charges for pawning his government-issued night vision equipment after alleging that it was stolen.

Authorities in Laredo arrested Luis Enrique Aranda, 24, in Eagle Pass on a warrant for charges of state jail felony theft, according to the Laredo Morning Times.

The case followed a short probe by Laredo Police and U.S. Border Patrol that was launched when an off-duty agent spotted a set of night vision goggles like the ones employed by the agency at a local pawn shop and alerted his supervisor. The equipment permits agents to see at night without the help of flashlights and are worth approximately $2,700.

In February, Enrique Aranda reported his night vision equipment stolen when he changed duty stations. He instead allegedly pawned the equipment for $200.

Aranda was subsequently released on bond.

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