A search for stolen fire department equipment turned dangerous in Salisbury, North Carolina, when deputies discovered one of the suspects had a fused pipe bomb in his coat pocket, according to a press release from the Rowan County Sheriffs Office.
Detectives said the discovery was made Jan. 19, as deputies were executing a search warrant at a home and encountered 24-year-old David Boardman of Cleveland, N.C.
“A search of David Boardman was conducted and investigators located a home made pipe bomb inside of David Boardman’s jacket pocket. The pipe bomb was threaded on both sides with a fuse,” said a sheriff’s office release.
Investigators did not say what Boardman intended to do with the alleged pipe bomb.
The Cabarrus County Bomb Squad is credited with deactivating the bomb, which is now being used as evidence against Boardman, said a Rowan County Sheriff’s Office release. He is charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction and felony possession of stolen property and has a $20,000 bond, said the release.
Investigators were led to Boardman as part of an investigation into a burglary at a bakery and another at the Franklin Fire Department, off Statesville Boulevard, said a release.
Items taken in the thefts included $15,000 in lawn care and fire department equipment, much of which was recovered at the home in Salisbury, said the sheriff’s office release.
“This investigation is ongoing and more arrests are anticipated,” said the release.