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Explosive Fertilizer, Blasting Caps Stolen in Nevada County

FLORISTON (NEVADA COUNTY), CA – News10 has learned the theft of explosives from a mountainside bunker east of Truckee involved hundreds of pounds of high-yield fertilizer and blasting caps. The remote location ten miles west of the Nevada state line offered the thieves privacy while allowing the crime to go undetected for up to a week and a half.

The thieves removed the doors from the two steel vaults by sawing through the hinges. The heavy doors still lay on the ground in front of the vaults covered with fingerprint powder.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Department and ATF declined to discuss the type of explosives taken, saying only that they belonged to a licensed contractor who owned and stored them legally.

Investigators don’t know if the thieves deliberately targeted the vaults because they have some kind of plan for the explosives, or if was simply a crime of opportunity and the perpetrators don’t know what they’ve got.

Agents are concerned about the amount of explosives taken regardless of the motive.

“You could have people that are sophisticated or you could have people that really have no idea what they came upon,” said ATF Senior Special Agent Nina Delgadillo. “And in the latter case it’s still a concern because obviously we don’t want anybody to be injured whether it’s them or an innocent party.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Tips can be called in to (888) ATF-BOMB or the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department at (530) 470-2400.



September 20, 2008 - Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Homeland Security | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I am sure it is just some poor California redneck christian farmer just need’n a little high-yield fertilizer for his tomato crop and a couple of blasting caps to get a stump out of the way for next years corn crop…

    Comment by rtaylor83305 | September 21, 2008 | Reply

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