CORPUS CHRISTI–Area law enforcement agencies have been put on alert some dangerous explosives were stolen from a storage unit in the Coastal Bend.
About 12 pounds of TNT and C4, which are used to detonate explosive devices, were taken from two storage units used by the Corpus Christi Police Department at an Annaville location where CCPD keeps its explosives.
Police commanders were surprised more explosive items, like commercial grade ammonia nitrate, weren’t taken and believe the criminals don’t know what they have.
Most law enforcement agencies don’t have a storage unit to maintain their explosives and place them at locations, like military installations. CCPD is different because they have the only bomb squad unit in the Coastal Bend.
While this theft is big security breach, there are other ramifications. Sources tell the South Texas Tribune if the federal agency overseeing CCPD’s permit believes this was caused by carelessness, the police department could lose its permit to store these explosives in the future.
Police are asking for the public’s help in finding these explosives. If you any information, call Crimestoppers at 361-888-TIPS.