Wash. soldier lockdown ends; theft probe continues
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — The Army says about 100 soldiers have been released from lockdown at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington as criminal investigators probe the theft of $600,000 worth of weapons accessories.
The soldiers from the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division were allowed to go home Tuesday evening after being restricted to their battalion headquarters since Jan. 4.
The missing items include night vision goggles, laser sights and rifle scopes.
Brigade commander Col. Michael Getchell says the restrictions "have been an integral part of the investigation."
An Associated Press phone message to the investigating office was not immediately returned.