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Army offering $25K reward in search for weapons stolen from Stuttgart arms room

Reward money has more than doubled as the Army continues its investigation into the theft of weapons from a Stuttgart, Germany, arms depot in 2016.

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By JOHN VANDIVER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 30, 2018

STUTTGART, Germany — The search continues for information on a small-arms weapons heist from a base here in 2016, military officials said.

Several semi-automatic pistols, one small-caliber automatic rifle and a shotgun were among the items taken in July 2016 from a weapons area at the U.S. Army’s Panzer Kaserne in Boeblingen, a Stuttgart suburb.

In a sign that investigators could be struggling for leads, the military last year increased the reward from $10,000 to $25,000 for information that leads to a successful prosecution.

“The case remains open and ongoing,” Christopher Grey, a U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command spokesman, said Friday.

The Army hasn’t listed all of the items stolen, identified the unit targeted or the post where the theft occurred, citing the active investigation. However, at the time of the incident a military official told Stars and Stripes that the theft occurred at Panzer, which also is home to elite units like Army Green Berets and Navy SEALs, as well as the garrison’s headquarters.

The Army hasn’t said whether the burglary appears to be an inside job by military personnel or whether an outsider breached the base. Investigators are also mum on whether reward fliers posted around the Stuttgart military community have generated leads.

“As a matter of policy, we do not discuss tips that we receive when investigating a felony crime,” Grey said.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Criminal Investigation Command headquarters in Virginia at (844) 276-9243, or the local military police at DSN (314) 430-5262.

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