Trail Of Pokémon Cards Leads To The Arrest Of Suspected Aberdeen Bomber


ABERDEEN - Maryland State Fire Marshal announced the arrest of 34-year-old Jeremiah Burnette in connection to a series of nocturnal blasts that have disturbed the Aberdeen community over the past several weeks.

Burnette now faces two counts each of possessing and using a destructive device.

The investigation took a turn when officers were alerted by a loud detonation near South Rogers and James Street intersection around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Police said they discovered a cavity near the tree line, scattered with Pokémon cards.

Police said that one officer recalled a recent arrest of Burnette, who, at the time, was in possession of a stack of Pokémon cards.

The discovery was further supported when, according to police, a local resident informed law enforcement that he had found a Pokémon card on his doorstep following a dispute with Burnette, whose final words to the homeowner were a suggestive "Boom."

Multiple agencies, including fire marshal bomb technicians and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, investigated the blast site, uncovering several additional Pokémon cards and their packaging.

According to police, officers later executed a search warrant at Burnette's residence on South Rogers Street, where they found more Pokémon cards, leading to his arrest.

According to officials, Burnette confessed to setting off the explosives, described by investigators as illicitly created explosive devices, known as M-80s.

Police did not provide a motive for the bombings, but officials confirmed he isn't linked with any groups posing a threat to Homeland Security.

No injuries resulted from the explosions.

Following his arrest, Burnette was transported to the Harford County Detention Center, later securing his release after posting a $10,000 personal unsecured bond.

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