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Man accused of owning Minnesota pipe bomb cache left receipt among explosives

Eric James Reinbold

OKLEE, Minn. — A Minnesota man was charged in connection with a stockpile of pipe bombs discovered in rural Red Lake County after deputies found a receipt with his name on it with the explosives.

Charging documents filed against 41-year-old Eric James Reinbold describe a plastic tote bin containing six steel pipes of various lengths, some with wires emerging from the pipes attached to 9-volt batteries, and a basic kitchen timer. Among the pipe bomb materials, investigators also found a receipt for fuses containing Reinbold's name and address, according to the criminal complaint.

Investigators also found a bag containing two 1-pound containers of gunpowder and another bag stuffed with more 9-volt batteries and toggle switches.

Reinbold made an initial court appearance Monday, Oct. 30, for one count of possession of explosive or incendiary device, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The explosives discovery came on Oct. 22, when the Red Lake County Sheriff's Office received a complaint from a resident who discovered the bin near a mobile home used as a hunting cabin outside of Oklee.

A relative of Reinbold owns the property, according to the criminal complaint. Deputies say Reinbold had been contacting family members during the investigation telling them "something to the effect of 'get the cops off your property because there is nothing there that can hurt anyone,'" according to the complaint. He had been known to spend time there.

The bombs were made using materials Red Lake County Sheriff Mitch Bernstein described as commonly available.

Charging documents state there were six galvanized steel pipes of varying lengths, five of which were capped at both ends.

Reinbold made his initial appearance Monday in Pennington County, where he lives and currently is on probation stemming from an armed standoff with multiple law enforcement agencies in June 2015. He also made an appearance for a probation violation Monday.

That 2015 incident began after he reportedly rammed a pickup into a car containing his wife and children. He pleaded guilty to endangerment of a child by firearm access, a gross misdemeanor, and second degree assault, a felony, but received a stay of adjudication and five years of supervised probation on the assault charge.