April 11, 2012 at 8:08 PM
JBLM: Rocket launcher found by soldier’s girlfriend not from base
An M72-anti-tank weapon found last September in Western Washington did not come from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, according to a base spokesman.
“A check of the on-base inventory of M72 for the past five years has revealed no discrepancies,” said Lt. Col. Gary Dangerfield, in a statement released Wednesday.
On Tuesday, KING 5 reported that the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was investigating a rocket launcher found in a closet by the girlfriend of a soldier deployed to Afghanistan.
KING5 said the anti-tank weapon armed with a live rocket was reportedly taken off the base by a soldier, who passed it around to four others.
Investigators told KING5 that there was no indication the soldiers planned to use the rocket to harm anyone, but that charges were expected to be filed in U.S. District Court for possession of a military-grade weapon.
Dangerfield said he didn’t know where the weapon came from.
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