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Feds aim to stop travel for NC man on theft charge

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ELIZABETH CITY, NC (AP) -- Federal prosecutors want to stop a former manager at a Navy bombing range in North Carolina from taking a cruise to the Bahamas, saying he may never return to face charges of stealing more than $6 million worth of scrap metal.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports that government lawyers asked a federal judge to deny Harry Mann's request to leave the country. Prosecutors say the evidence they've collected make it likely the Mann's Harbor resident would flee prosecution.

The government accused Mann of conspiring with three salvage yard owners from 2005 to 2011 to steal metal from the Navy's Dare County bombing range and sell it to scrap metal recyclers. He could face up to 35 years in prison if convicted.

Mann's lawyer declined comment.

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Skipping bail

Some things make so much sense it's silly. A person charged with stealing more than 6 million dollars worth of anything and facing up to 25 years in prison if convicted has a better incentive to flee the country if he is guilty. What better way to do it than being allowed to leave the country legally by taking a vacation cruise to the Bahamas and then accidentally taking a wrong turn and getting lost. I'm laying odds on the courts allowing him the opportunity for one last years long vacation to some unknown location after he is safely out of the jurisdiction of the courts.