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7 soldiers from elite unit face probe in burglaries

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WASHINGTON — Seven soldiers from the Army's prestigious Old Guard honor unit, which performs ceremonial duties at such venues as the White House and Arlington National Cemetery, are being investigated in connection with several burglaries at homes and businesses in Montgomery County in Maryland, and Arlington and Fairfax counties in Virginia, authorities said last week.

Montgomery County police have obtained arrest warrants for three of the soldiers, all enlisted men, charging them with first-degree burglary, auto theft and other crimes, a police spokesman said. Officials declined to identify the soldiers, and Montgomery police had made no arrest because authorities had not decided whether the cases will be handled in civilian or military court.

The charges stem from a Thanksgiving weekend break-in at a home in the 9500 block of River Road in Potomac, Md. While the owners were away for the holiday, thieves entered the house through a ventilation shaft in the roof and stole several cameras, two laptop computers, a desktop computer and a watch as well as a 2000 Porsche Boxter and a 2001 Mercedes-Benz, police said.