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Amateur sleuth helps stop National Archives thefts
Radio engineer who donated recordings to National Archives in 1970s helps solve their theft
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' A federal judge in Maryland is set to sentence a former government employee for stealing thousands of recordings from the National Archive and selling many on eBay.

Leslie Charles Waffen is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday morning in Greenbelt, Md. Waffen spent more than 40 years working for the National Archives and Records Administration, the country's most important repository of historical records. He pleaded guilty to theft of government property in October and will likely spend a year and a half in prison.

The man who noticed the theft and helped capture the thief is a retired radio engineer from Connecticut, J. David Goldin. Goldin spotted on eBay a record he'd donated to the archive in the 1970s, setting off an investigation.

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