About 100 soldiers restricted for theft probe



JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — About 100 soldiers remain restricted at Joint Base Lewis-McChord while the Army Criminal Investigation Command looks into the theft of $600,000 worth of night vision equipment, laser sights and other gear.

The items were apparently stolen from a supply area for the 4th Stryker Brigade. No weapons or ammunition are missing. A $10,000 reward is offered for information.

The soldiers were restricted to barracks Wednesday, prompting complaints from families and the March Forward organization. It accuses the chain of command of abusive treatment and blames officer negligence for losing track of sensitive equipment.

On Monday, Maj. Chris Ophardt said restrictions had been eased over the weekend to allow family visits and supervised escorts for medical appointments and home emergencies.