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