Probe into thefts at APG may lead to more arrests

January 17, 1993|By Bruce Reid | Bruce Reid,Staff Writer

Police who arrested two men last week in the theft and detonation of training explosives from Aberdeen Proving Ground said their investigation could lead to more arrests.

The most recent of several explosions outside the post, on Jan. 4 at Aberdeen Stationers, caused $1,000 damage to the roof, said Allen L. Ward, deputy chief state fire marshal. The other explosions, which occurred since Nov. 1, were near private homes but caused no damage, he said.

Army Sgt. Keith G. Rosekrans, 29, of the 400 block of Edmund St. in Aberdeen, was arrested late Monday on charges that he and a civilian obtained the stolen training explosives and detonated them around Aberdeen.

Sergeant Rosekrans had five of the simulators when he was arrested, Mr. Ward said.

He was charged by the fire marshal's office with possession of explosives without a license, which carries a maximum 20-year prison term, and conspiracy. Sergeant Rosekrans is free on $10,000 bond.

The explosives were stolen from the Army's Ordnance Center and School at the proving ground, said Ed Starnes, a spokesman for the school. The explosives are used to simulate artillery fire during training exercises.

Mr. Starnes said Sergeant Rosekrans has been working at the proving ground for about a year. He is the officer in charge of setting up training exercises in which the simulators are used, Mr. Starnes said, and he is responsible for the inventory of simulators.

The second man, Roger J. Culver, 21, of the unit block of W. Bel Air Ave. in Aberdeen, also was arrested Monday. He was charged with possession of explosives without a license and four counts of solicitation to sell explosives without a license, said Mr. Ward. He also is free on $10,000 bond, Mr. Ward said.

Mr. Ward said state police, the FBI and Army officials were helping in the investigation.

Mr. Starnes said that the Army may also file criminal charges in the case, following an investigation.

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