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Man Arrested in Weapons Case Turns Home Into Military Bunker

December 9, 1989

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) _ A man who crammed his home with automatic weapons, a cache of explosives, guard dogs and military lockers was arrested on dangerous weapons charges, authorities said Friday.

Glen Lewis, 46, had turned his house into a military bunker, police said.

″He had enough ammunition and firepower (that) he could have held up in his home for months,″ said Lemon Township Police Sgt. Vince Lovejoy. ″There were military lockers throughout the house.″

Lewis had not threatened anyone with the arsenal, police said. Lovejoy didn’t know why the man was storing the weapons.

″None of the weapons were stolen,″ Lovejoy said. ″He just said he collected them, that it was a hobby for him.″

Police and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms discovered the arsenal Thursday while searching for a gun involved in another investigation, said bureau agent Jim Richardson.

Lewis was charged with five counts of dangerous ordnance after authorities found five weapons with magazines that held more than the legal limit of 30 bullets. He was being held at the Middletown Jail on $12,500 bond Friday.

Lewis had been loading bullets with gunpowder before authorities arrived, Lovejoy said.

He said Lewis said he would fire at walls in his home with a semi-automatic 9mm weapon and ″if the bullet went through the wall, he knew he had a good load.″

Police also found 10 or 11 guard dogs at Lewis’ home, and seized practice rifle-launched grenades, 12 cluster bombs and more than 1,000 rounds of 9mm ammunition, Lovejoy said.

Also discovered were uniforms from six Ohio and Kentucky police departments, martial arts weapons, a bullet-proof vest, a flak vest, smoke grenades, tear gas grenades and seven cans of black powder, authorities said.

U.S. Department of Defense investigators have joined the investigation because of the discovery of military equipment, Lovejoy said.