Southwest Regional police have obtained a warrant to arrest a Fayette County man after they said they found military grade explosives while searching his home earlier this week.
Police suspect that Jeffrey Wilson, 58, of Newell, has left the state and are attempting to locate him, Chief John Hartman said.
Chief Hartman said police obtained a warrant to search the Miller Street home where Mr. Wilson lived after they busted a burglary ring and learned that Mr. Wilson might be keeping stolen firearms. Mr. Wilson was not charged in connection with the burglary ring.
While searching the home, they discovered possible explosives and called the Allegheny County bomb squad for assistance. Investigators said they found detonation cord, military fuse, a railway torpedoes, smoke grenades and other items, including possible moonshine.
Police charged Mr. Wilson with possessing a weapon of mass destruction, receiving stolen property, causing or risking a catastrophe, possession of illegal alcohol and possession of offensive weapons.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also assisted in the investigation.
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