Ex-SWAT member gets house arrest

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A former SWAT team member in Allegheny County was sentenced to house arrest Wednesday for the theft of guns, ammunition and explosives from a county munitions storage room.
Mark M. Short will spend six months under house arrest and 18 months under intermediate punishment, a form of probation that includes close supervision. He will spend another six months under standard probation.
Short, 43, pleaded no contest last year to theft and possessing prohibited offensive weapons.
Police raided Short's Moon Township home over the summer and found thousands of rounds of ammunition, dozens of firearms and high explosives.
Short was selling ammunition to at least one gun shop in Beaver County, prosecutors said. The owners of the shop were not charged with any wrongdoing.
Some of the stolen munitions had been confiscated by police from more than 100 municipalities in Allegheny County and were being held by the county for disposal.
According to a police affidavit, investigators were tipped off by an anonymous letter.
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