Guilty Plea for Stolen Equipment

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A Wichita maintenance technician has pleaded guilty to selling equipment he stole from two Wichita companies where he worked.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Kansas says Mark A. Lankford, 45,¬†pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Wichita to two counts of wire fraud. He admitted stealing equipment from Spirit Aerosystems and Fiber Glass Systems. Prosecutors say he made more than $150,000 from selling the stolen equipment.

Lankford was an equipment maintenance technician for Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita from October 2010 to Sept. 5, 2011. Prosecutors say he stole computer parts from Spirit worth about $466,000. He’s also accused of stealing about $41,000 worth of equipment from Fiber Glass Systems from March 2008 to Oct. 2010.

Sentencing is Feb. 24.