A contractor working in the Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida was arrested Monday after attempting to steal one of the museum's artifacts.

Police say that 30-year-old Kendall Rust was working inside the museum in Fort Pierce when an employee noticed that he was "acting suspiciously."

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When Rust later packed up his tools and tried to leave, a museum employee noticed there was something missing from the room he was working in; a Navy SEAL ballistic vest artifact.

Suspecting the last person to be seen in the room, the employee tracked down Rust before he left, and he immediately confessed to grabbing the vest.

Authorities were called, and Rust told them, "because he wanted to take a picture of it," the police report reads.

Bosses at the museum estimated the value of the vest was worth $50,000 since it was a part of “the uniform a Navy Seal veteran wore during the Osama bid Laden raid.”

SEAL Team Six made international headlines when they successfully killed the leader of al-Qaeda in May of 2011 when they raided his Abbottabad, Pakistan compound.

30-year-old Kendall Rust was arrested on a felony larceny charge and booked into the St. Lucie County Jail. His bail has been set at $10,000.

St Lucie County Sheriff
St Lucie County Sheriff

We can do better, and not try to steal pieces of American history, let alone a piece of history belonging to a brave team of soldiers who carried out a mission that was the turning-point of the War on Terror.

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