On May 14, 2013, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detectives began investigating over 100lbs of explosives taken from a quarry. Area residents told investigators they could hear ATV’s in the area of the quarry during the possible time they were stolen. ATV tracks were observed in the area the explosives were taken.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives learned through several community crime tips that 19yo, Troy resident Joshua Wilcockson and Moscow Mills resident 18yo, Dylan Huber, were bragging about taking the explosives.
Collaborating with the community, Lincoln County Detective’s were able to locate Huber at his residence. According to Huber, he and Wilcockson were riding an ATV and drinking beer at the quarry when they observed large pieces of scrap metal lying about. The two left to get Wilcockson’s truck and returned.
In the process of collecting scrap metal, Huber told investigators he and Wilcockson broke into a secured trailer thinking “it was the good stuff.” The two then stole 100lbs of explosives. The explosives were taken from the site and stored at Wilcockson’s property along the 200 block of Firehouse Lane in Troy, Missouri.
Sheriff Detectives obtained a Search Warrant and located the explosives hidden within the residence. Investigators also learned the ATV was stolen from Ballwin, Missouri. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) took custody of the explosives.
Investigative efforts into the theft are still ongoing.
“I want to thank the community for the multiple tips into this case,” said Sheriff John Cottle. “I am just thankful my detectives and the community worked closely to find the culprits and was able to recover the explosives before someone got seriously hurt. In addition, I would like thank the ATF for their continued support in this investigation.”
Huber was arrested for Theft/Stealing an Explosive Weapon, Tampering with Motor Vehicle 1st Degree and Trespass Motivated by Discrimination 1st Degree. He is being held at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department under a $100,000 bond with no surety allowed, signed by the honorable Judge Chris Kunza-Mennemeyer.
A warrant for Wilcockson was issued and he is still at large.
Anyone with information on Wilcockson’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 636-528-8546 or visit their website at www.lcsdmo.com to submit a crime tip.