$25,000 Reward for Truckee's Stolen Explosives

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) - Federal authorities raised the reward to $25,000 Wednesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thieves who stole hundreds of pounds of explosives and detonators from a storage bunker near Truckee.

The explosives were taken from the explosives magazine near U.S. Interstate 80 sometime between Sept. 6-15, investigators said.

Officials for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced on Sept. 18 they were offering a $10,000

Michael P. Gleysteen, acting special agent in charge of the ATF's San Francisco field office, and Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal announced the increase in the reward at a news conference on Wednesday.

The stolen goods include a dozen 50-pound bags of Alpha Mix blasting agent also known as ANFO, a bulk explosive used in a variety of blasting operations, they said.

Also taken were a total of 520 detonators. A reward poster with photos of the explosives is being distributed throughout the Truckee area, they said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 888-ATF-BOMBS or the Nevada County Crime Tip Hotline at 530-470-2400.

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