COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A Virginia National Guard sergeant is accused of stealing World War II-era dog tags from the National Archives and Records Administration research facility in Maryland.

A criminal complaint filed in federal court last month says 29-year-old Robert Rumsby, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, told investigators he took dog tags that belonged to four U.S. airmen killed in plane crashes in 1944.

RELATED: Dog Tag Bakery inspires veterans to fulfill their dreams

Rumsby's wife is the great niece of one of the deceased airmen. Rumsby said he gave that airman's dog tags to his wife's grandmother as a Christmas gift and gave another airman's dog tags to a relative of that serviceman.

The complaint charges Rumsby with theft of government property. He has an Aug. 14 trial date.

Rumsby declined to be interviewed this week.

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Sign up for the Get Up DC newsletter: Your forecast. Your commute. Your news.