TROY, MO (KTVI) - Federal agents and sheriff’s deputies are on the hunt in Lincoln County, searching for thieves who stole about 100 pounds of explosives from a rural quarry. It happened sometime between closing time Monday, and Tuesday morning.
Deputies say the thief or thieves broke into the business during off hours. Once inside they found the area where the explosives were being stored, and made off with the two large cases. The biggest fear, officials say, is what could happen with such materials in the wrong hands.
“Any time you’re dealing with objects like this there can be a danger,” Detective Sergeant Ryan McCarry said. “We are doing everything we can to get those back in our hands safely and get the individuals responsible for doing that.”
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms confirms they have agents working the case as well. Both agencies are being very tight lipped about details, but they do believe whoever did this has local ties.
“We believe they’re gonna be somebody local from this area. The area these things disappeared from areas that are usually known by local residents,” McCarrick said.
As for a motive, it may not be what you’d expect.
“Almost always you can attribute it to some kind of drug activity. A lot of times things are taken and sold to obtain more narcotics or in some way, shape or form related to narcotics. These items are going to be harder to get rid of obviously.”
Hard to get rid of because of the heavy penalties that surface when explosives and federal agents are involved in a case.
A $5,000 reward is being offered by the ATF for any information leading to the successful prosecution of suspect(s).
Anyone with information is asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department at 636-528-8546.