At 6:30 a.m. Monday, an anonymous call came into Putnam County 911 Dispatcher Jason Chamber that Victor Lee, 20, Greencastle had three homemade explosive devices in his Castlebury apartment.
According to Assistant Chief Brian Hopkins, who spearheaded this investigation, "The initial raid took place right around noon. Three explosive devices were located along with marijuana and paraphernalia. He was arrested for three counts of a destructive device, possession of marijuana and reckless possession of paraphernalia."
At that time, a witness told police Lee had bought the explosives from Thomas Garrett, 19. Garrett admitted he had sold the explosive devices to Lee, but said he bought them from David Sutherlin, 36. No explosives or drugs were found at Garrett's residence.
When police came to Sutherlin's residence at around 5 p.m., they found over 30 grams of marijuana, around 250 pills and three destructive devices. He was arrested for three counts for possession of a destructive device, possession of marijuana over three grams, dealing in marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, selling a destructive device, possession of a controlled substance and dealing in a controlled substance.
The explosive devices were made by Sutherlin, who works at Black Magic in Terre Haute. He has a license to transport the material as well as make the devices for use in a show.
Hopkins said Sutherlin has not put on a show in over a year. He also contacted the manager at Black Magic, who told Hopkins the material was not taken from the premises with his knowledge.
After the explosives were seized, the Greencastle Fire Department ran a chemical analysis test of the explosives with their Sense I.R. machine. The Indiana State Police Bomb Unit then took the explosives out and detonated them.
Assisting Hopkins on the raids and investigations were Sgt. Joseph Grimes, Brownsburg Explosive detection K-9 Handler, Special Agent Thomas Hudson, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Detective Michael Collins, Greencastle Police, Troopers Rich Myer and Gary Warfield, Indiana State Police Bomb Unit and from the Greencastle Police Department, Sgt. Terry Eastham, Officer Nick Eastham, Reserve Officer Jon Tesmer, Officer Ed Wilson, Officer Eric Vaughan and Detective Randy Seipel.