Records: Soldier accused of theft violated bond by researching bombs


RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WRIC) — A U.S. Army National Guard officer accused of stealing an armored car and leading authorities on a chase is now accused of breaking his bond agreement by traveling to Iraq and researching bomb-making.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Wednesday that court documents say 30-year-old Joshua Phillip Yabut was out on bond in January when he violated the bond agreement.

A report by the Virginia Fusion Center, a partnership between state police and the state Department of Emergency Management, says Yabut had no “coherent reason” for going to Iraq. It says he told authorities it was photography-related.

Virginia State Police said Yabut led authorities on a slow pursuit for more than 60 miles after he stole the armored vehicle from Fort Pickett in Nottoway County last June.

Yabut’s unit with the National Guard was reported conducting routine training at Fort Pickett when he drove away in the armored vehicle.

He’s charged in Richmond with eluding police and in Nottoway County with the unauthorized use of a vehicle. The violations could cause additional charges.

Yabut is now in custody in Richmond and is set to appear in court next month.

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