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Burglars Nab 20 Dummy ROTC Rifles

January 30, 2006

SANTA FE (AP) _ Burglars who took 20 rifles from the Santa Fe High School’s ROTC program won’t be able to do much with them.

The ROTC program uses the rifles in drills and ceremonies, but ``they’re almost like props,″ Deputy Police Chief Eric Johnson said. ``There’s nothing they can do to make them work again. They’re really no good to anyone but the ROTC unit.″

The rifles were taken Saturday by someone who entered through a roof hatch, Johnson said. The burglars first tried to get in through a heating vent, leaving $2,000 in damage, he said.

The burglary was reported by an ROTC commander who arrived on campus Saturday morning to prepare for an ROTC competition in Farmington later that day.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican

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