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May 8, 2013

Claremore man arrested after explosives found in his home

CLAREMORE —

A Claremore man was arrested Tuesday after he admitted to shooting his neighbor’s cat and law enforcement officials discovered several explosive devices and weapons in his home.

The Tulsa bomb squad assisted Rogers County Deputies when the explosive devices were found.

Deputies answered a disturbance call at 5 p.m. at a residence in the 700 Block of Normal Ave.

A neighbor contacted police to report her neighbor had shot her cat. Upon arrival deputies found Robert Ellison, 52,  in possession of several firearms.

“At least one of the items found was very concerning,” Sheriff Scott Walton said. “Obviously when you see ‘crickets’ and weapons mixed with a guy that has a criminal past you don’t know what his intentions are.”

After obtaining a search warrant deputies discovered eight small explosive devises called “crickets.”

A “cricket” is a pipe bomb approximately three inches long and three-quarters of an inch in diameter, made from PVC pipe or other materials, according to Walton.

These bombs could potentially blind someone and certainly could take off a limb, he added. 

The Tulsa Bomb Squad and other assisting agencies were contacted for assistance.

The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were later called to the residence for assistance.

Ten to 12 homes in the neighborhood surrounding the home were evacuated for approximately five hours while the devices were removed and secured by the bomb squad.

“Any law enforcement officer would have been out armed by this suspect. I am grateful that some good police work led to this discovery and provided us the opportunity to remove the threat,” Walton said.

Deputies arrested Ellison on possession of firearms, cruelty to animals, possesion of explosives by a convicted felon, recklass conduct with a firarm, obstructing an officier and possesion of controlled substance.

“I want to thank the Claremore Police and Fire Departments, FBI and Tulsa Bomb Squad for their assistance,” Walton said.

Their efforts helped insure a dangerous situation was handled without incident, he added.

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