Bomb sup­plies in ‘AK-47’ sus­pect’s home

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

HE­LENA, Mont. — FBI agents seized bomb-mak­ing ma­te­ri­als, seven guns and am­mu­ni­tion from the Montana home of a man they sus­pect of car­ry­ing out bank rob­beries in five states, ac­cord­ing to an in­ven­tory list filed with a fed­eral court.

The prop­erty seized from Richard Gather­cole’s home in Roundup shows that agents also found sher­iff’s badges and patches, a sher­iff’s vest, an am­mu­ni­tion vest, a mil­i­tary style hel­met, an or­ganic chem­istry book and ma­te­rial to make iden­ti­fi­ca­tion badges.

Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve that Gather­cole, 39, is the man they call “the AK-47 bandit” who has held up at least six banks since 2012 in Cal­i­for­nia, Wash­ing­ton, Idaho, Ne­braska and Iowa. The sus­pect typ­i­cally wore a mask with only his nose and eyes show­ing and car­ried a ri­fle with a drum mag­a­zine.

Gather­cole is be­ing held in Lex­ing­ton, Neb., where he is ac­cused of steal­ing a truck and guns and fir­ing on a Kansas state trooper who was try­ing to pull him over for a traf­fic stop last month.

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