Army sergeant charged with stealing machine gun parts after his entire brigade was recalled over a long weekend

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A US Army Non-Commissioned Officer has been charged with stealing machine gun parts and a grenade at Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Sergeant Christopher Shepler was charged with felony larceny and loss of military property charges, according to the 7th Infantry Division.

The NCO was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

Shepler reportedly made off with an M2 Browning .50-caliber receiver, a smoke grenade, and an M240 medium machine gun barrel.

Initially identified as a person of interest in an incident that forced an entire brigade to be recalled on a four-day weekend, Shepler was later charged.

According to, all missing items other than the M2 receiver were recovered.

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