BALTIMORE (AP)- An electrician at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground is facing up to five years for his part in the theft of tons of copper from the base.
The U.S. Attorney's office says 52-year-old Timothy Bittner of Bel Air pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
Prosecutors say Bittner has also agreed to forfeit $87,038 received from the sale of the stolen wire, and pay $33,711 to reimburse the military for the cost of replacing wires taken from government buildings.
In addition to wire taken from the buildings, prosecutors say Bittner also took about five tons of copper wire buried underground at the base, using government vehicles to pull the wire from the ground.
Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 30.