Homemade bomb device found inside man's car in Sandy

Posted at 12:01 PM, Jul 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-12 14:01:56-04

SANDY, Utah — Police said a possible "homemade destructive device" was found during a search of a man's car as it was sitting outside a Sandy home last month.

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James Robert Kelley, 48, was arrested on multiple charges Friday, including one count of possession of an explosive device, two counts of forgery and one count of possession of another person's identification documents.

According to charging documents, a Sandy police officer was sent on June 29 to a home in the area of the 9300 South block of 1200 East for a call of an unwanted person sitting a white Mitsubishi Mirage

Upon arriving at the scene, police found Kelley and two others, a man and woman, sleeping in the car. A K-9 brought in to search the vehicle indicated illegal narcotics were inside. An officer found a glass jar in the car that later tested positive for methamphetamine, several syringes and a broken glass pipe.

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Officers also found what the documents said appeared to be a "makeshift bomb detonator" and a piece of paper that included the notes, "turn the cellphone on," "proximity," and what the police called "other odd verbiage."

Multiple bomb squads, along with the FBI, arrived at the location to investigate and found a handheld device that the report says contained wiring, a power source and a possible switch. The unit said they believed "the device to be consistent with a possible homemade destruction device."

After being taken to Alta View Hospital, Kelley refused to talk to a detective, saying he had "dementia" and needed medication.