Police given a tip about suspect car

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Anthony Todd Saxon was dressed in an Army combat uniform, including rank and other insignia, when he walked into the Fort Gordon military police office Tuesday and told the captain in charge that he was a master sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division and needed an infrared-aiming laser for training, according to an affidavit supporting the arrest warrant.

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Chief Willie McClinton (left), of the Fort Gordon Directorate of Emergency Services, and Col. Glenn Kennedy, garrison commander at Fort Gordon, discuss Anthony Todd Saxon's arrest at a news conference Wednesday.  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
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Chief Willie McClinton (left), of the Fort Gordon Directorate of Emergency Services, and Col. Glenn Kennedy, garrison commander at Fort Gordon, discuss Anthony Todd Saxon's arrest at a news conference Wednesday.

After his arrest, authorities found several grenades, a land mine, several night vision devices and the infrared-aiming laser.

Richmond County bomb squad technicians detonated one of the devices as a precaution, authorities said at a news conference held Wednesday morning at the Fort Gordon Law Enforcement Center.

At least two of the grenades were the nonlethal "flash-bang" variety and three other devices were harmless, said Col. Glenn Kennedy, Fort Gordon's garrison commander.

"The majority of devices were inert," Kennedy said. "They wouldn't have exploded any more than the cushion in your car would have exploded."

A flash-bang grenade is a nonlethal stun grenade designed to disorient with blinding light and loud noise.

Chief Willie McClinton, of the Fort Gordon Directorate of Emergency Services, would not identify Saxon, but indicated that he was a suspect in a theft from the post in April. A member of the community alerted police Tuesday after recognizing Saxon's vehicle from the previous theft, and Saxon was apprehended near the Directorate of Logistics building on 15th Street.

"Their vigilance led to a safe conclusion of a potential serious incident," McClinton said.

McClinton said nonexplosive "military equipment" was stolen in the April incident but would not elaborate.

Asked how Saxon was able to get onto post when he was a suspect in a recent crime, McClinton said Saxon went through the regular screening process and was not flagged because authorities had only a partial description of the vehicle and a partial license plate number. Before Tuesday, McClinton said they did not have a description of the suspect in the April theft.

He did not anticipate changing the security level of the post. "We will continue with the same security posture right now for our day-to-day activities," McClinton said.

The affidavit

"... On Tuesday, June 15, 2010, the FBI was contacted by the Fort Gordon Military Police about an individual that was being detained ... for suspicious activities. The individual, identified as Anthony Todd Saxon, was dressed in a complete Army Combat Uniform (ACU), including rank and other insignia. Saxon was stopped by the military police and questioned about his activities on the post. Saxon gave consent to the officers to search his vehicle, where they discovered a bag that appeared to contain several grenades, a land mine, several AN/PVS-14 night vision devices, and an AN/PEQ-2 Infrared Aiming Laser. Upon discovery of the bag, Saxon was detained ... ." -- An excerpt from FBI Special Agent Jason Gustin's affidavit, which was submitted in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia, to obtain an arrest warrant for Saxon.

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Dixieman 06/17/10 - 06:51 am
Pathetic wannabe.

Pathetic wannabe.

CarlA 06/17/10 - 09:50 am
Did this guy have a valid

Did this guy have a valid military ID? If not, some serious questions need to be asked about the procedure to "check out" military equipment. Did the MP's just take his word about his identity and need for the device???

april65 06/17/10 - 09:05 pm
I want to check out a land

I want to check out a land mine...although I probably won't be able to bring the whole thing back.

akmoose 06/18/10 - 01:06 pm
I just had this discussion

I just had this discussion with my husband, who is a US Army SFC home on leave from Afghanistan. Unfortunately, you don't need a military ID to buy patches or insignia at Total Force or online at certain places like Ranger Joe's which opens the door for unstable people to purchase and impersonate.
Not sure about the equipment request...there's a lot of procedures that weren't followed!!!!

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