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A former national guardsman who wore camouflage fatigues so often that a neighbor thought he was in the military was charged Wednesday with pretending to be a U.S. Army soldier after authorities say he convinced an officer at a military base to give him a sophisticated laser sight.

Anthony Todd Saxon, 34, was charged with impersonating an Army master sergeant and stealing the infrared laser targeting sight after he was caught on the east Georgia base with a land mine, several grenades and night vision devices, prosecutors said.

Saxon did not enter a plea during a preliminary hearing in federal court, and his attorney Danny Durham refused to comment on the case after the hearing. Prosecutors, meanwhile, said they plan to reveal more details at a detention hearing scheduled for Monday.

Saxon was wearing a full combat uniform, including rank and insignia, when he was stopped at Fort Gordon by military police and questioned about his activities, according to the complaint. After Saxon gave them consent to search his vehicle, authorities said they found several grenades and the land mine, among other equipment.

According to the complaint, Saxon told investigators he was able to obtain the laser sight by telling a captain in the base’s military police office that he was a master sergeant in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and that he needed it to train a soldier.

He told investigators he was able to obtain the device after signing a receipt, according to the court documents. He also said he was a member of the Army National Guard between 1993 and 1995, but was medically discharged for heart problems, according to the records.

Source: MSNBC AP

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