A high level Defense Department official has been sentenced to 32 hours of community service at a local food bank for stealing his neighbor’s license plates in a bizarre neighborhood parking dispute. Bryan Whitman, a civilian leader in the Pentagon’s public affairs office, was arrested and charged with three counts of theft for stealing license plates off a car belonging to his neighbor’s nanny.
News of the arrest first appeared on Wednesday and shocked Pentagon officials and the local community. Whitman was arrested for stealing the license plates from a car belonging to his neighbor’s nanny and leaving threatening notes. This isn’t the first time Whitman has committed this ridiculous crime. He stole license plates from the same woman twice back in April and was finally caught when neighbors set up a hidden video camera to catch the culprit in the act.
According to the Superior Court in Washington, D.C an arrangement has been reached that will drop Whitman’s charges if he completes 32 hours of community service, stays away from the neighbor’s nanny, pays $1,000 in restitution and stays out of legal trouble for 10 months.
While it may seem like Whitman is getting off easy this incident could have a massive effect on his career as a civilian leader at the Pentagon. He has been in his current position for approximatley six years. His increasingly odd behavior has caused him to be sidelined from daily operations and most contact with reporters.
Whitman is still working at his current job according to Pentagon officials. He has been placed on administrative leave but has not been terminated at this time. He is currently prohibited from stepping foot on the block that the incident took place on under penalty of law.