Fake explosives may lead to real charges

WRIGHT CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man didn’t really booby-trap his pickup truck with explosives, but he pretended to, so he could face charges.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/Nt3Uh2 ) reports that the man had what appeared to be a grenade hanging from the rear view mirror of his Ford Ranger, and a fake stick of dynamite rigged to the cigarette lighter — all to ensure the truck wasn’t stolen.

But the fake explosives alarmed neighbors and caused the evacuation of an apartment complex in Wright City on Saturday. It also prompted a response from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the FBI and other agencies.

The suspect told the newspaper he believes medication for depression and other illnesses caused him to over-react to comments neighbors had made about borrowing his truck.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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