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Man seized at Army post had land mine

Associated Press / June 17, 2010

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FORT GORDON, Ga. — A former National Guardsman pretending to be a US Army soldier persuaded an officer to give him a laser sight for military rifles before he was caught hours later on the base with a land mine, several “flash-bang’’ grenades, and night vision devices, prosecutors said yesterday.

Federal prosecutors charged Anthony Todd Saxon, 34, with impersonating an Army master sergeant and stealing the infrared laser sight. He did not enter a plea during a preliminary hearing in federal court; his lawyer said he needed more time to review the case.

Saxon was in full combat uniform, including rank and insignia, when military police stopped him Tuesday at Fort Gordon and questioned him about his activities, according to the complaint.

Crystal McNairy, Florida National Guard spokeswoman, said Saxon joined the Guard in 1993 and left with an honorable discharge in 1994.

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