BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Williston man accused of stealing explosives from companies operating in the western North Dakota oil patch and stashing them in his home also allegedly had books on preparing explosives.
Thirty-five-year-old Tyler Porter is charged in federal court with stealing and possessing explosives and two weapons counts. The Associated Press requested comment from the federal public defender's office.
Authorities allege Porter stole explosives by using a cutting torch to open padlocked sheds. An agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says in an affidavit that a confidential informant tipped off authorities.
Authorities haven't speculated on what Porter allegedly intended to do with the explosives.
Porter has a criminal history in North Dakota and South Carolina and could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted.