Burglary Investigation Leads to Explosive Discovery

A burglary investigation leads to two arrests and the discovery of military explosives. Southside police and the state fire marshal arrested Jamychal Howard in connection to a burglary that occurred earlier this week. After further investigation authorities learned some of the items stolen from the home might include military grenades. At which point the investigation added several other departments into the case. Authorities recovered two M116A1 grenade simulators at two separate locations in Attalla. Investigators interviewed the owner of the home that had been burglarized by Howard and learned there might be more explosives. A search of Darrell Watkins home resulted in four more grenade simulators and three artillery simulators. Watkins is charged with nine counts of criminal possession of explosives. He was being held at the Etowah County Detention Center on a $45,000 bond, but has been released. All explosives were rendered safe by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Bomb Disposal Unit.


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