Reward Money Increased In Explosives Theft Investigation

By: Mike McKnight, The Associated Press Email
By: Mike McKnight, The Associated Press Email

Federal authorities are offering new reward money for information leading to an additional arrest in the 2011 theft of explosives outside Weeping Water, Nebraska.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the $5,000 is not being offered in conjunction with the previous $10,000 reward that led to the arrest and conviction of two men involved in the removal of the explosives from storage units at the Buckley Powder Company.

Investigators believe one or more people were involved in the theft, which included 100 pounds of blasting agent. Authorities say 43-year-old Christopher Bousman of Council Bluffs helped 29-year-old Travis McQueen of Omaha get rid of the stolen materials by throwing them into the Missouri and Platte rivers. Excavating equipment was brought in by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and investigators were able to locate some of the materials.

However, materials remain unaccounted for. If you have information, call 888-ATF-BOMB or Cass County Crime Stoppers at 800-527-3699. You may remain anonymous.

McQueen was sentenced to 63 months in prison and Bousman was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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