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Items stolen from British military include nearly $10k worth of Viagra

Jan. 21, 2014 at 4:19 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Items stolen from British military reserves since 2007 include TVs, karaoke equipment and nearly $10,000 worth of Viagra pills, government figures revealed.

The Ministry of Defense figures, released in response to a request from Conservative member of Parliament Nick de Bois, revealed items stolen from military reserves at various facilities around Britain since 2007 included nearly $10,000 worth of the anti-impotence drug Viagra, which officials said is used by the military to treat low blood pressure and altitude sickness, Sky News reported Tuesday.

The stolen items also included televisions, a karaoke rig, an industrial washing machine, $11,500 worth of silver cutlery, a $41,000 statue, 100 bayonets, thousands of rounds of ammunition and equipment from nuclear submarines.

The total value of the stolen items was estimated at about $11.5 million.

"The Ministry of Defense takes detecting and deterring fraud and theft seriously and set up a new counter fraud and loss department last year to improve the way fraud and theft is managed across defense," Defense Minister Andrew Murrison told the Times of London. "The focus of this new department's work is to secure reduced losses caused by fraud, theft and loss, increased recovery through civil and internal procedures and the improved protection of assets through increased target hardening."

Sgt. Maj. Steven Barratt was sentenced to 20 months in jail last week for attempting to sell an Army night vision kit worth $190,000 on eBay.

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