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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

May 10, 2013


SA Trista Frederick, PIO, ATF

Office: (816) 559-0724

ATF Offers New $5,000 Reward for Information on Weeping Water Explosives Theft

WEEPING WATER, Neb. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Kansas City Field Division and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office announce that ATF is offering a new reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the additional person or persons responsible for the theft of explosives in rural Weeping Water.

On Aug. 11, 2011, one or more persons broke into storage units at the Buckley Powder Company in rural Cass County, Nebraska, and stole 100 pounds of blasting agent, 3,000 feet of detonating cord and two cases of boosters. A lengthy investigation into the matter eventually led investigators to place reward flyers in various locations in eastern Nebraska. An anonymous caller contacted authorities and suggested Travis McQueen might be involved. Investigators following up on the lead were able to determine that Christopher Bousman had assisted Travis McQueen in disposing of the materials by throwing them into the Missouri and Platte rivers. Excavating equipment was brought in by ATF and investigators were able to locate some of the materials. Investigators believe the bulk of the stolen materials were, in fact, thrown into the river. McQueen was sentenced to 63 months in prison and Bousman was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

Investigators believe that one or more additional persons were involved in the theft and need the public’s help. The $5,000 reward is a new and separate request for information. This reward is not being offered in conjunction to the previous reward which was paid to the anonymous caller.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by ATF and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with the information about the incident is urged to call ATF at 1–888–ATF–BOMB or the Cass County Crime Stoppers at 1–800–527–3699.

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