Man charged with having explosive device at Monaca apartment building

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A man was arraigned this morning on charges that he had an explosive at a Monaca apartment complex.

Robert Tilly, 60, of Monaca, faces charges of possessing a weapon of mass destruction, recklessly endangering another person, risking a catastrophe and criminal mischief.

Monaca police wrote in a criminal complaint that on Wednesday a man gave them a possible explosive device -- three cardboard tubes containing an unspecified explosive material connected to a fuse. The man told them that Mr. Tilly had given him the device and told him to place it in a trash bin. He also gave them a description of a car Mr. Tilly might have been driving.

Police stopped Mr. Tilly a short while later and he told them that he had found the device while cleaning out his car and that he asked the other man to throw it out, according to the complaint.

That incident marked the second time this week that the bomb squad was called to the apartment complex. Mr. Tilly was not charged in connection with that first call, according to the court documents.

Monaca police could not be reached for comment.

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