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Md. man sentenced for thefts from Goddard

Tuesday - 7/2/2013, 6:11pm  ET

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) -- A Caroline County man has been sentenced to a year in prison for stealing tools and aluminum scaffolding from the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.

Twenty-eight-year-old Brandon Scott Gauss of Preston was also ordered to pay restitution to the U.S. government and a pawn shop at sentencing Tuesday in federal court in Greenbelt.

According to his plea agreement, Gauss, a contract employee at NASA, was an engineering technician at Goddard. Prosecutors say he stole tools and aluminum and sold them to pawn shops.

Gauss made more than 60 visits to pawn shops throughout Maryland and received about $17,000.

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