A Keysville, Ga., man arrested Tuesday at Fort Gordon is accused of pretending to be a master sergeant in order to steal an infrared aiming laser, according to the arrest warrant filed today in U.S. District Court in Augusta.
Anthony Todd Saxon, 34, was dressed in a complete Army combat uniform, including rank and other insignia, when he walked into Fort Gordon's military police office and requested the aiming laser for a training exercise, according to a federal affadavit.
He told the captain in charge that he was a master sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division and needed the equipment for training, according to an affidavit supporting the arrest warrant.
The captain on duty provided the device and Saxon signed a receipt for it, according to federal documents.
The military police later became suspicious of Saxon and he was stopped and questioned. He gave officers permission to search his vehicle.
They found found several grenades, a land mine, several night vision devices and the infrared aiming laser he signed out earlier, according to the affidavit.
In an interview, Saxon allegedly reported he served in the Army National Guard for two years in the 1990s before he was released due to health reasons. He has not served in the Army, according to the affidavit signed by FBI Agent Jason S. Gustin.
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