GPD: Homemade Bomb Found Inside Shoplifting Suspect's Home
Published May 8th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville Police Department has arrested and charged a man with "possessing a destructive device" after detectives say they found a homemade bomb inside his home.
Police say Mason Scott Beuning, 18, and his roommate, Wolfe O'Meara, 18, were both caught stealing from the Walmart on Waldo Road. Detectives say they were trying to steal BB's and flare guns, along with other materials which could have been used to make an explosive device.
After questioning Beuning, members of the Alachua County Bomb Disposal Team and ATF agents searched his home in northwest Gainesville, where they discovered the homemade device.
"This particular one was constructed in a cardboard tube, and had a fuse on both ends of it," said Officer Ben Tobias of the Gainesville Police Department. "It did contain items that would've been explosive and could potentially cause danger to someone else."
As a result, Beuning was booked into the Alachua County Jail where he was charged with possessing or making an explosive device.
But at least two of Beuning's roommates say that as far as they know, he never intended to cause harm. They tell TV20 that Beuning intended to set the device off in the woods for fun.
Beuning's other roommate and accomplice in the alleged shoplifting, Wolfe O'Meara, was charged with misdemeanor shoplifting, along with possession of drug paraphernalia.
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