A man has been charged after police found a homemade explosive while they were investigating a forgery call Friday.
Timothy Ray Shields, 28, of Wellsville, KS, was charged with possession and criminal use of an explosive and having drug paraphernalia.
Officers were called to the Commerce Bank, located just northeast of West 135th Street and Mur-Len Road about 3:05 p.m. While investigating the check forgery call, police said they found the explosive device inside the glove box of the forgery suspect's vehicle. The device resembled a large, homemade firecracker that was less than 6 inches long and less than 1 inch in diameter.
Police called the Olathe Fire Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the device was recovered safely.
The suspect was arrested for possessing the explosive.
Bryan Hill with the Olathe Police Department said the suspect made no threats or any indication that he intended to use the firecracker device to do harm.
Since officials didn't find any risk of accidental detonation, the bank continued conducting business as usual.
Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to call the Olathe Police Department at 913-971-6950 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.
Shields' bond was set at $5,000.
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