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Arrest Made in Theft of Trailer Believed to Have Explosives

Posted June 26, 2007

— State troopers have apprehended a man suspected of stealing a trailer filled with low-grade explosives.

Derrick Downey was arrested after a brief chase by state troopers in Wake County Tuesday. He has been charged with felony possession of stolen property and is being held in the Wake County jail, authorities said.

Earlier Tuesday, Durham police found a trailer that may have been filled with low-grade explosives. It was empty when police found it at the Town and Country Convenience Store near the intersection of Fayetteville Road and Cook Street, investigators said.

Authorities said Downey stole the trailer from a hotel parking lot on Miami Boulevard. The trailer contained copper wiring, as well as material used for electrical welding.

The low-grade explosives remain missing, investigators said.


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  • Butterbean Jun 26, 2007

    Yeah Tarhole yaknow, what's the yaknow big deal yaknow about stealing it yaknow. It was yaknow probably stolen yaknow by a yaknow poor victim yaknow of society anyway, so yaknow it shouldn't be yaknow a big deal. They're just victims yaknow!

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jun 26, 2007

    If the article was titled "truck stolen with welding supplies" it wouldn't get as many clicks as "truck stolen with explosives". It's tabloid journalism, and WRAL is unfortunately not much different from the N&O in their sensationalistic approach

  • ladyblue Jun 26, 2007

    They probably got his name from the recycle center. Sure that's where the copper went. Someone could have ratted on him. Warrants are issued on plenty of people that there where abouts are unknown. By doing that when he is stopped for some other offense he will be served this one for trial. They usually do that when the crime isn't too serious and the person doesn't have serious criminal record.

  • Nancy Jun 26, 2007

    How do they know who stole it? And they can't find him but they've charged him? Only in Durham, only in Durham.

  • surfer Jun 26, 2007

    I think i heard last week that they were sure it contained those items but could have contained the explosives.

  • tarholessuck Jun 26, 2007

    Materials used for electrical welding such as cadwelding is really a far shot from explosives. The headline is very misleading. These "explosives" can be purchased from most electrical supply houses by ANYONE! If that is the case, what's the big deal about someone stealing them?