Cops: Man Tried To Steal SEAL Team Six Item

Ballistic vest was worn during bin Laden raid

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SEAL Heist

MARCH 22--A contractor working at the Navy SEAL Museum was arrested yesterday for allegedly trying to steal a ballistic vest that was worn by a member of the team that raided Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan hideout.

Cops allege that Kendall Rust, 30, was working inside the museum in Fort Pierce, Florida when an employee noticed that he was “acting suspiciously.”

When Rust later packed up his tools and began to leave, the female employee told cops she “noticed a navy seal ballistic artifact was missing from the room Rust was in.”

Apprised of the item's disappearance, a museum official confronted Rust, who reportedly copped to swiping the vest “because he wanted to take a picture of it.” Police recovered the vest from Rust’s toolbox, according to an arrest affidavit.

A museum official estimated that the vest was worth $50,000 since it was part of “the uniform a Navy Seal veteran wore during the Osama bid Laden raid.” The al-Qaeda leader was killed in May 2011 when SEAL Team Six members raided his Abbottabad, Pakistan compound.

Pictured above, Rust was arrested on a felony larceny charge and booked into the county jail, where he is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. (1 page)