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Historian Accused of Stealing WWII Dog Tags from National Archives

Authorities said the dog tags of a downed Tuskegee airman were stolen

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    Historian Accused of Stealing WWII Dog Tags from National Archives
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    FILE - Military-style dog tags are seen displayed in an art exhibit at the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, April 29, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois.

    A historian has been charged with stealing the dog tags of U.S. servicemen whose planes crashed in World War II from the National Archives and selling them on eBay.

    The U.S. attorney's office in Maryland said Antonin DeHays, 32, of College Park, Maryland, was charged with theft of government records in federal court Tuesday.

    According to an affidavit, DeHays repeatedly visited the National Archives at College Park. Prosecutors said he stole dog tags and other documents.

    Authorities said the dog tags of a downed Tuskegee airman were stolen, and DeHays "donated" them to a museum in Virginia.

    Prosecutors said a search of DeHays' home led to the recovery of documents missing from the National Archives.