I a a federal civilian worker. 2 weeks ago, while cleaning out my shop, I determined that there were some bronze gears that were not usable. They were used and no longer had the matching drive gear that the required from the factory. (They come in numbers matching sets. when i rebuild the equipment they go in, I, and others before me would always replace the gear sets with new sets, and throw the old gears in the metal dumpster. This is well documented in several areas. I don't know why these were even kept. I began to discard them and then made the stupid decision to take some of them to scrap myself. This obviously is a no no. I got caught and army investigators came down on me. They said they were sure I took them and they were worth thousands of dollars. I admitted everything, But assured them that I took the as scrap going to the dumpster, not as valuable new or usable gears> Additionally the night they confronted me, I told them I new it was wrong and If they called my mother and asked her what I had said to her after I brought the home, She would tell them that I had every intention of returning them because I new it was wrong and I wanted to make it right again. Sure enough, they escorted me home unannounced and recovered the property, and interviewed my mother, and she said exactly that.
Question1--- What kind of trouble am i in P.S.THE APPROX. VALUE AS SCRAP IS $240
question 2--- Is it figured on the new value or the scrap value since i was getting rid of them and could easily prove that this is normal and customary for this equipment.
question 3 Since I was able to verify that I was going to return the property with remorse, is it larceny
Lastly, I have no criminal
history to speak of, and I feel so bad about this that as a attempt at honor, I am going in to work and quitting before I even find out if I am fired. I am doing this because I want them to know I didn't take these items with the thought that they were valuable and usable; only as scrap. I have 23 years federal service. Also the investigative branch has no control over my supervisors authority to fire me. The investigation
is ongoing, while My admission of stealing is enough for me to be fired. Either way, I am going in monday morning and resigning