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Police probe theft of dummy rifles at Army training center in Hohenfels

North Macedonia soldiers react to simulated enemy contact alongside their U.S. counterparts at the Hohenfels Training Area, German, in September 2019. German police are investigating after several dummy rifles were stolen from Hohenfels recently, along with Meals Ready to Eat, or MREs.

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By IMMANUEL JOHNSON AND MARCUS KLOECKNER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 21, 2020

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A number of dummy rifles used for exercises at the U.S. Army’s training area in Hohenfels have been stolen, German police said Tuesday.

The training aids went missing over the July 11-12 weekend, said Karl Heinz Diedel, head of the Parsberg police department, which is investigating the theft.

The dummies look like real firearms and could pose a danger in certain situations, Diedel said. He declined to specify how many of them disappeared from an Army warehouse in Hohenfels, citing the ongoing investigation.

Nonfunctional small arms are sometimes used in training to add realism without the maintenance and potential dangers associated with real weapons.

The stolen dummy rifles are valued at $1,140, the Mittelbayerische Zeitung reported. In addition to the replicas, some Meals Ready to Eat, or MREs were also taken, the newspaper wrote.

A group of “young people” is suspected, Hohenfels base spokesman Norbert Wittl said. The Army referred all other questions to German police.

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