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Army ends JBLM lockdown; officers continue search for missing gear

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Jan. 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
January 10, 2012 6:00 pm

The Army is nearing the end of its investigation into missing weapons accessories at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and it is releasing about 100 soldiers who have been kept under lockdown for the past six days.

Soldiers from the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division were allowed to go home tonight at 5:45 p.m., the Army said in a news release. They have been generally restricted to their battalion headquarters since Wednesday.

Criminal investigators are still looking for equipment including night vision goggles, laser sights and rifle scopes. They Army values the equipment at $600,000.

“The Army takes property accountability very seriously,” brigade commander Col. Michael Getchell said in the news release. “These restrictions have been an integral part of the investigation, and it is the professional response the American taxpayer expects when over $600,000 worth of Army equipment is suspected to be stolen.”

The Army Criminal Investigative Division is still offering a $10,000 reward for information that helps officers find the gear. It can be reached at 253.967.3151.

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