Posted: May 3, 2013 10:40 AM by Angela Douglas - MTN News
BILLINGS - So far, authorities have not identified any suspects in the recent theft of more than 550 pounds of explosives from a U.S. Forest Service bunker near Red Lodge, according to the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agency.
After interviewing U.S. Forest Service employees, Montana's ATF resident agent in charge Ken Bray said they have narrowed down the timeframe of the offense to sometime between April 11 and April 30. The ATF was notified on April 30 that more than 100 items were taken.
USFS bunkers are supposed to be checked every seven days, according to U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Mariah Leuschen.
The bunker is located about two miles south of Red Lodge in a wooded area and is not accessible by the general public, unless on foot.
According to Bray, someone or multiple people broke into the facility and stole 559 pounds of explosives sometime last month.
Law enforcement is asking for the public's help in learning who's responsible for stealing the explosives.
A $5,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information that leads to an arrest.
It is unknown if the thief was local, but Bray says they had knowledge of the area.
Authorities are asking the public to be vigilant and observant of their surroundings.
Here's a list of the items that were stolen from the storage facility:
Various emulsion-type explosives
Explosive cast boosters
Stealing explosives and possession of stolen explosives is a federal crime that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Contact 1-888-ATF-BOMB (1-888-283-2662) with information.