- Associated Press - Sunday, January 8, 2012

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Army says it’s investigating the disappearance of “sensitive” equipment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The New Tribune of Tacoma reported on its website Sunday that a 100-member infantry company has been locked down while the probe is under way.

Lewis-McChord spokesman Matt Hinkle said the company under investigation is from the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

Maj. Chris Ophardt, an I Corps spokesman, said the missing items were weapons accessories and not weapons. Laser sights were cited as an example.

Maj. Ophardt said the lock-down started Wednesday and will continue until the probe is over. Meanwhile, the company is restricted to barracks and dining areas, but families can visit.

A $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the equipment’s return.



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