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900 Pounds of Dynamite Stolen from Quarry

October 19, 1994

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) _ A thief used a bulldozer to knock down shed doors at a quarry and drove off in a truck loaded with 900 pounds of dynamite, authorities said. Most of the explosives were found today.

″A theft of this large a quantity of explosives is rare, not only in Illinois but throughout the country,″ said Special Agent Jerry Singer of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms office in Chicago.

Three pounds of dynamite can disintegrate a car.

The thief struck early Tuesday at the Gregory Anderson quarry, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Roger Costello said. No blasting caps used to detonate dynamite were taken.

Police found 10 boxes of explosives in a field on the city’s southeast side today after they were tipped by an area resident. Police said they believed most of the dynamite was inside.

The stolen truck, minus the dynamite, was found on fire Tuesday morning, Costello said. The fire apparently was set to destroy evidence, he said.

Police said the theft could be related to motorcycle gang rivalry in the area. The leader of one gang was critically injured last week by a bomb planted under his truck.

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