Rifle teen arrested after bomb discovered in car
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A pipe bomb was discovered while technicians installed audio equipment in a vehicle at Rollin Audio in Glenwood Springs Saturday afternoon. The discovery caused Glenwood Springs Police to close down the audio shop, nearby Blockbuster Video and the south Wal-Mart parking lot.
Rollin Audio store manager Jason Parrish uncovered the explosive after he removed the car’s back seat to install speakers.
“It was kind of unreal,” Parrish said. “It didn’t look like much. It just looked like a pipe with a piece of string coming out of the end of it.”
Parrish and other employees gently rolled the vehicle from the building and called police.
Glenwood Springs Police arrived on scene about the same time the car’s owner, Scott Stricklan, 18, came by to check on his car, according to Parrish.
Glenwood Police arrested Stricklan and took him to the station for questioning. He was later booked into the Garfield County Jail on several charges, including possession of explosive devices, a class four felony, and reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor.
Glenwood Police assessed the situation, according to Police Chief Terry Wilson, and called in the Grand Junction Hazardous Device Response Team to help defuse the bomb.
“It’s a huge benefit for us to have access to the bomb squad,” Wilson said. “That is something that you don’t go playing with if you don’t know what you are playing with.”
However, due to a traffic accident on Interstate 70 near Parachute that closed down the eastbound lanes for nearly four hours Saturday, it took the bomb squad a little longer than usual to get to Glenwood Springs. So the GSPD had to close down several shops in the area and the portion of the Wal-Mart parking lot for safety.
“It was the typical worst-case scenario waiting for (the bomb squad) to get there,” Wilson said.
But when the bomb squad arrived, they quickly took control of the scene without incident.
“It was very interesting to watch,” Wilson said. “It’s not something you want to have to deal with, but watching how they deal with it was interesting.”
According to Wilson, the bomb squad removed the pipe bomb, which was a steel pipe about 3/4-inch in diameter and 10 inches in length, and used a mechanism to defuse the device. They were able to remove the contents, but Wilson could not speculate on what exactly it was. However, Wilson described it as some kind of “black powder.”
Wilson couldn’t speculate on how powerful an explosion the device was capable of but said the bomb squad had instructed him that a safe distance was a “couple hundred feet,” Wilson said.
The incident led GSPD, in coordination with the Rifle Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to seek a search warrant of Stricklan’s residence in Rifle, where he reportedly lived with at least one parent, Wilson said.
During the search, authorities discovered other items associated with assembly of a pipe bomb, according to Wilson. Authorities also found inside the residence a considerable amount of marijuana, which was divided into separate pouches for distribution, an unspecified amount of hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms, and other paraphernalia resulting in several other drug-related charges, Wilson said. Those charges include two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of more than one ounce but less than eight ounces of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance ” hallucinogenic, a felony, and possession of synthetic schedule IV narcotic, another felony.
In all, Stricklan is facing three felony charges and four misdemeanors or less.
Contact John Gardner: 384-9114
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