Imposter moves in at MacDill AFB smuggling weapons and ammo

January 7th, 2011 by Staff


Tampa, Florida- A random security check at the main Dale Mabry gate of MacDill Air Force Base ended in the arrest of civilian contractor now accused of illegally obtaining military housing on base and smuggling in a cache of illegal weapons.

Air Force investigators say they found two knives and an empty gun holster while searching the car of 39 year old Scott Allan Bennett back on April 23rd. They say the army reservist appeared dazed and confused. Tampa Police arrived, arresting Bennett for driving under the influence and from there things only got worse.

According to a complaint filed in US District Court December 16th, after fully searching the car, investigators found a loaded handgun, three additional knives, a box of throwing stars, machete, collapsible baton, sling shot with BB’s and mace.

A sign at the front entrance to MacDill clearly states concealed weapons are prohibited. Further investigation by Air Force Police uncovered Bennett was allegedly living on base illegally.

The affidavit indicating Bennett lied to MacDill Housing officials showing up in uniform stating he was on active duty serving as an aide to Admiral Olson at CENTCOM.

When a housing official e-mailed asking for a copy of Bennett’s orders according to the report, he replied,
“My orders are TS/SCI [top secret] with CENTCOM so I need approval first for what I can leave on file and disclose.”

Investigators say neither Bennett nor the housing employee ever followed up.

Officials later obtained a search warrant for his MacDill apartment finding more weapons including seven loaded firearms, along with over 9000 rounds of ammunition, numerous knives, brass knuckles and an electric stun gun.

Bennett now faces federal charges of making false statements and violating base security rules.

10 News is waiting for a written statement in response to the incident from MacDill Air Force Base. An attorney representing Bennett said his client would not be commenting on the case at this time. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for as early as next week.


One Response

  1. Al Goodman

    Before we hang this young Army officer out to dry, did anyone consider the anti-2nd-amendment political axe the media are grinding to turn these allegations into a sensationalistic story, full of words like “arsenal” and “scheme?” If the worst that talking heads can think of is that he brought his possessions with him to store in his temporary home, where is the sense of “innocent until proven guilty” and the fact that he simply might not have known or understood the rules?

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