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Alleged Glen Burnie bomb-maker indicted on more charges

A Glen Burnie man accused of endangering his neighbors by building bombs in his home was indicted Friday by an Anne Arundel County grand jury on additional criminal charges.

Todd Dwight Wheeler, 28, faces a list of charges including nine counts of possessing a destructive device, nine counts of manufacturing a destructive device, three counts of possession of materials to make a destructive device, possession of a machine gun for an aggressive purpose, reckless endangerment, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities were called to a Millersville home belonging to Wheeler's relatives on New Year's Day for a report of a suicidal person. Police and paramedics found Wheeler suffering from a blast injury to his left hand. He also smelled like chemicals, according to the statement of charges.

Fire investigators obtained a search warrant the next day for Wheeler's home on Edgerly Road in Harundale, where they found a cache of bombs, chemicals, fuses and instruction manuals.

"There were unidentified materials and devices scattered throughout the living area and indications that there may be booby-traps in the house," investigators wrote in the statement of charges.

Over the course of a multiday search of the residence, investigators also found several guns, including a fully automatic submachine gun, as well as hundreds of hypodermic needles scattered on the floors, according to court documents.

Bomb materials found included several cardboard tubes filled with explosive materials, as well as others made out of a plastic containers, an ink pen, a prescription bottle and a silver metal container. Some of the devices had "foreign objects" in them that would become projectiles upon detonation, according to the statement of charges.

The drug charges result from the discovery of a device police said can be used to extract oil from marijuana. It had marijuana in it, according to the statement of charges.

Wheeler is being held without bail at the Jennifer Road Detention Center. He was scheduled for two appearances in District Court in Annapolis next week; but according to the state's attorney's office, they'll be canceled as prosecutors now pursue the expanded set of charges in Circuit Court.

Local and federal authorities continue to investigate the case and more charges are possible, said Division Chief Keith Swindle, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel Fire Department.

Wheeler's attorney could not immediately be reached on Friday afternoon.



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