Man arrested at Bridgeton hotel, accused of making pipe bombs

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Douglas Herr

BRIDGETON, MO (KPLR) – Concerned employees at a local Home Depot are being credited for the arrest of 44-year-old man suspected of buying materials to make pipe bombs.

According to a spokesman for the Bridgeton Police Department, officers were called to the Bridgeton Home Depot store on Wednesday over a customer’s suspicious activity.

Employees at the hardware store said a man bought a 1¼-inch diameter pipe and requested that it be cut into 7½-inch long sections, with each end threaded for a cap. Police arrived at the store while the pipes were being threaded for the man.

Officers spoke with the customer, identified as Douglas Herr, and took him into custody. The learned Herr, a native of Chatham, Illinois, was staying at a Super 8 Hotel on St. Charles Rock Road and obtained a search warrant for the room. Investigators discovered 25 pounds of gunpowder, pipe end caps, and fuse wires – materials used to make pipe bombs.

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Herr with unlawful possession, transportation, manufacturing, repair or sale of an illegal weapon. He remains jailed at the St. Louis County Justice Center on $250,000 cash-only bond.

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