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ATF: $20K reward in Lancaster County dynamite theft

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Federal authorities now are offering a reward of $20,000 — double the initial reward — for information that helps identify the person or people who stole more than 700 pounds of high explosives from a Lancaster County work site.

Someone stole 704 pounds of dynamite and 400 blasting caps from a pipeline work site in Marietta sometime between Friday, April 13, and Monday, April 16, according to Charlene Hennessy, spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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The general contractor working at the site reported the theft Monday, Hennessy said.

The explosives had been stored in a locked truck trailer, but when workers showed up Monday they saw the trailer door was ajar and its locks were missing, she said.

The theft — and possession — of stolen explosives is a federal crime punishable by up to a decade in federal prison, according to Hennessy, who said the ATF and state police are investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call the ATF hotline at 888-ATF-BOMB (888-283-2662), or submit tips at www.reportit.com. All tips will be kept confidential, Hennessy said.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.