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Federal Gun Crime Added to Charges for Alleged Maker of Improvised Explosives

Todd Wheeler Jr. of Glen Burnie, who was charged with more than 20 crimes for having 100 pounds of bomb-making materials, is now facing a federal charge for gun possession.

Todd Wheeler Jr. is charged with federal gun crime. Photo Credit: File|Patch
Todd Wheeler Jr. is charged with federal gun crime. Photo Credit: File|Patch
Todd Wheeler Jr., 28, the Glen Burnie man already charged by Anne Arundel County Police for allegedly making homemade explosives and possessing over 100 pounds of bomb-making materials in his house, is now charged with a federal gun crime.

Wheeler had been arrested in January when police found the bomb-making materials and bombs that had already been completed along with firearms and manuals for creating explosives, according to a previous Patch story.

Investigators said Wheeler was in the process of modifying a flare gun to shoot his homemade explosive devices.

Wheeler’s devices were capable of “maiming, injuring or killing,” said Fire Chief Michael Cox.

The Baltimore Sun reports that “Wheeler told investigators that he had previously set off five improvised explosive devices but the last one “blew off his pants.”

Wheeler originally faced with two counts of possession of a destructive device, and one count of reckless endangerment was faced with more charges later in the month of January -- nine counts of manufacturing a destructive device, three counts of possession of materials to make a destructive device, possession of a machine gun for an aggressive purpose, reckless endangerment, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to second Patch story.

On Monday, Wheeler was charged with his first federal offense for gun possession. The Sun reports that “Wheeler was prohibited from having firearms because he was ‘an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances,’ according to information in the charges.” Wheeler was in possession of a Walther model SP22 pistol, a Greco signal flare launcher and signal pistol insert, a Spikes tactical signal launcher and other devices.

Wheeler’s trial in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court is scheduled for June. No date has yet been set for his federal charge.

BobBaft May 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Good looking guy! Glen Burnie is the new Canton.
Jay May 13, 2014 at 12:02 PM
He aint no head turner is he.

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