Raid nets firearms, explosives, Nazi items; 2 held
September 3, 2009 6:59 PM
A father and son were charged with felonies late Thursday after a raid of their home Wednesday night netted a cache of weapons, explosives, Nazi paraphernalia, manuals and chemicals to make explosives, drugs and cash, Antioch police said.
The men, who live in unincorporated Lake County near Antioch, were being held in the police department on Thursday and are expected to appear in Lake County Bond Court on Friday morning, Cmdr. Jim Ruth said.
Burl Thomas, 56, of 25100 block of West Linden Lane was charged Thursday evening with unlawful use of a weapon, armed violence, possession of marijuana and cocaine with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. His son, John, 24, of the same address was charged Thursday evening with resisting arrest.
Police said they confiscated about 25 firearms, including two submachine guns and an assault rifle; a Marine rocket launcher with ammunition; TNT; gunpowder; chemicals used to make explosives and detonating devices; tear gas; brass knuckles; a battlefield illuminator used by military helicopters at night; several baseball bats, including one with spikes all over it; knives; machetes; multiple manuals about making explosives, land mines, silencers and improvised munitions.
About 400 grams of marijuana, 11/2 ounces of cocaine and about $1,000 were found in the home, police said.
"There is indication that they were white supremacists," Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran said.