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Search turns up explosive device in Denair

POSTED August 30, 2012 4:29 p.m.

The search of a burglary suspect’s home in Denair by Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies led to the discovery of a homemade explosive device and prompted a visit from the department’s bomb squad.

Two people at the Denair home Wednesday morning were arrested by the sheriff’s department and the device was rendered safe, said sheriff spokesman Sgt. Anthony Bejaran.

The sheriff’s department was investigating a burglary at a Denair church that occurred two weeks ago. Investigators identified Ryan Hayes, 23, as a possible suspect in the burglary.

Hayes was tracked to a residence in the 400 0 block of N. Gratton Road and a search was conducted at the home shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday.

During a search of Hayes’ room in a converted detached garage, the deputies found the explosive device, which was described as a bottle containing a flammable liquid, like that of a Molotov cocktail. The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad was called out to the scene.

Hayes was taken into custody and charged with burglary, possession of an explosive device and conspiracy.

Krysta Jacobsen, 24, who was at the residence, was arrested on a drug warrant.

Hayes and Jacobsen both remain jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail each.

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