Sentencing for explosives theft near Weeping Water. United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Travis McQueen, age 28 of Omaha, was sentenced in Omaha by Chief United States District Judge Laurie Smith Camp to 63 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release. McQueen had previously pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly possessing stolen explosives.
The Cassgram reports On August 11, 2011, one or more persons broke into storage units at the Buckley Powder Company in rural Cass County and stole 100 pounds of blasting agent, 3,000 feet of detonating cord and two cases of boosters. A lengthy investigation into the matter eventually led investigators to place reward flyers in various locations in eastern Nebraska. $10,000 was offered. An anonymous caller contacted authorities and suggested Travis McQueen might be involved. Investigators following up on the lead were able to determine that McQueen had been involved in disposing of the materials by throwing them into the Missouri river. Excavating equipment was brought in by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and investigators were able to locate some of the materials. Investigators believe the bulk of the stolen materials were, in fact, thrown into the river.
The investigation of this matter was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.