An Oklahoma business owner was given three years probation and fined $2,000 for his part in a complex web of thefts from military bases across the country.

Carl A. Gatliff, 46, owner of Carl's Military Surplus, was given a light sentence because of his remorse and clean record. Gatliff's only previous contact with the law is a traffic citation, said his attorney, Emmit Tayloe.U.S. District Judge Thomas Greene also ordered Gatliff to pay $3,506 in restitution. Both the fine and the restitution must be paid in installments of at least $100 per month.

Gatliff, owner of Carl's Military Surplus, and his brother were among about 50 arrested nationwide last year during "Operation Punchout," a Justice Department sting aimed at cracking down on theft from military bases.

"I'm sorry this happened. It will never happen again," Gatliff told the judge.

"I believe you when you say you're not going to get in this kind of trouble again," said Greene. "Indeed, this man is definitely a candidate for probation," Greene said.

The maximum term possible for the crime was five months in prison.

Gatliff pleaded guilty July 18 to selling 16 fragmentation vests to an undercover FBI agent posing as a military surplus dealer in Utah. The vests, believed stolen from Fort Sill, Okla., were still in their military wrappings.

His brother, Ollie Boyd Gatliff, pleaded guilty in July to selling stolen military helmets and gas masks. The brother owns Surplus Sales and Salvage in Lawton. His sentencing was pending.