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Crittenden man charged in dynamite theft

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By The Staff

A Crittenden man is in jail after police found dynamite, blasting caps and other bomb-making related materials in his bedroom.

Christopher Spreder, 26, was charged with receiving stolen property after police searched the home he was living in on March 5 and found items they believe have been stolen from Sterling Mine in Gallatin County.

Police received a tip from a parole officer that bomb-making materials were located in a mobile home on U.S. 25 in Crittenden.

Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills said his officers requested assistance from Trooper Jerry Handy of the Kentucky State Police.

Handy is partnered with a canine officer trained in detecting bombs. Handy, in turn, called for the KSP bomb squad to assist.

Inside the home, which was rented by Gregory A. Miller, 38, of Crittenden, Dills said police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Police executed three warrants for non-payment of fines in Grant County and one warrant for failture to appear in Boone County on Miller.

Due to the nature of the incident, the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau were notified.

“We still don’t know why these items were in the home, but it’s possible federal charges could be filed,” said Dills.

Spreder, was an employee at the mine. He remains lodged in the Grant County Detention Center under a $10,000 cash bond.