A 35-year-old man allegedly brought an “improvised explosive” with him while shoplifting at Richland’s Safeway.
Brandon J. Starkey of Richland was caught stealing at the store around 7 p.m. on Thursday, said police.
When officers searched him they found what appeared to be a small explosive device and along more bomb-making materials, said Sgt. Mike Harrison.
Officers got a search warrant and the Richland Bomb Squad and other officers found more suspicious devices along with guns and ammunition.
Starkey has previous convictions for possessing an incendiary device along with a hit-and-run. It’s believed that he isn’t allowed to have a gun.
He was booked into the Benton County jail on a 72-hour investigative hold for possessing an explosive device. He is being held on $50,000 bail.
There didn’t appear to be any threat to the public, Harrison said.