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Fort Lewis MPs find stolen handgun, "suspicious device"

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Associated Press - November 30, 2007 10:05 PM ET

FORT LEWIS, Wash. (AP) - Military police at Fort Lewis have arrested a man after finding a handgun and a "suspicious device" in his car after making a routine traffic stop in 1 of the post's training areas.

The arrest was made about 1 a.m. Friday.

In the car, the MPs found a pistol that had been reported stolen, and in the trunk, a "tape-wrapped object about the size of a deck of playing cards wired to a garage door opener."

The MPs called out soldiers from an explosive ordnance disposal unit, who rendered the device safe by about 7 a.m.

A spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said he didn't know whether the device proved to be a bomb.

A U.S. Army news release says the man, who was not immediately identified, was arrested for outstanding warrants and was being held at Fort Lewis.

The news release says MPs "have no indication that the suspect intended to target Fort Lewis personnel."

Information from: The News Tribune,

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