Oskaloosa, Iowa man arrested with explosive device

posted by Sue Danielson - 

(OSAKLOOSA, Iowa)   Oskaloosa Police arrested a man yesterday (Sunday), they say had a homemade explosive device.  Police say Walmart employees called 9-1-1 early Sunday afternoon to report a man stealing items from the store. 

Officers arrested 30-year-old Jeremy Alan Barton of Oskaloosa, who is accused in several theft cases within the past several days at Walmart, according to police. 

Officers say Barton had a cylinder, wrapped in black tape.  The State Fire Marshall's Office determined it was an explosive device and disposed of it.

Barton was booked in the Mahaska County Jail and has been charged with ongoing criminal conduct, unauthorized possession of offensive weapons, possession of offensive weapons as a felon, 3 counts of theft in the 3rd degree, possession of controlled substance 2nd offense, carrying weapons, possession of incendiary or explosive device, possession of drug paraphernalia and 2 counts of criminal trespass. Barton is facing several criminal charges ranging from simple misdemeanors to class B felonies with a penalty of up to 25 years in prison.

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