JOINTBASELEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- A soldier stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord has been charged with the theft of highly sensitive surveillance equipment, and the vast majority of it has been recovered, the Army reports.

The suspect is Private Nicholas A. Solt, 22, is assigned to the 4th Stryker Bridge, 2nd Infantry Division. He has been stationed at JBLM since October, 2008.

Military investigators said they recovered 98 percent of the stolen equipment that went missing back in January. The equipment included rifle scopes, sighting mechanisms, and night vision goggles, estimated to be worth $630,000.

According to JBLM, the equipment was recovered in mid January at off post residences.

The theft prompted a temporary lockdown of about 100 4th Stryker Brigade soldiers.

Solt faces a litany of charges including the selling of optical and targeting equipment, larceny of military property, unlawful entering of a government building, and even drug and steroid possession. If convicted, he could be jailed for 59 years and dishonorably discharged.

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