Aviation Structural Mechanic Chief Andrea Ariano is accused of two counts of larceny, according to charge sheets and information provided by Naval Air Force Atlantic spokesperson Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg.
Ariano, whose name is redacted on the charge sheets, is accused of taking a Garmin D2 Bravo watch sometime around Dec. 13, 2018. Then, around Oct. 30, 2019, Ariano allegedly returned and stole a Garmin Fenix 6 Pro watch, according to charge sheets.
Ariano’s Navy defense counsel, Lt. Cmdr. Tracy High, declined comment but Navy Times was informed that her client’s plea agreement will reduce him in rank to petty officer first class and impose a fine between $1,500 and $3,000.
Lt. Patrick Rigney, a Navy prosecutor assigned to the case, declined to comment.
The Garmin Fenix 6 Pro tracks multiple sports and retails for around $700.
Ariano has been assigned to the Mayport-based Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic since August 2017, according to a Navy biography.
He enlisted in 2004 and is originally from West Virginia.
Update: Aviation Structural Mechanic Chief Andrea Ariano was found guilty of violating Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 121, Larceny, on Friday and was reduced in grade to E-6, fined $1,750 and issued a punitive letter of reprimand by Navy judge Cmdr. Justin McEwen, according to Naval Air Force Atlantic spokeswoman Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg.
The former service member confessed to working with an accomplice to filch $62,111 worth of products.