Oklahoma Watches and Warnings

Update: Bomb Squad called to an OKC hotel, police find grenade during robbery

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Four people are behind bars after allegedly robbing a man of his cell phone while he was walking home.

That crime led police to another discovery - an explosive in one of the suspect’s vehicles.

"It's really terrifying," said George Ray.

When George Ray arrived at work, he found police, fire crews, and the bomb squad.

"To know that we have a lot of lives that are at risk over one small incident, it just goes to show that crime can happen anywhere," said Ray.

Officials say it all started around 1 a.m. Thursday at a 7-Eleven near 63rd and Rockwell when a man was walking to his apartment complex.

According to police, one of the suspects, Shane Beiter, put the victim in a headlock, took him to the ground, and then ran off with his iPhone 6.

Police were able to track the phone to a truck parked at the Holiday Inn near SW 15th St. and Meridian Ave.

"I guess people don't realize that they can be tracked with the apps and the computer. It helped us save some crimes and we were able to get this gentleman his property back," said Capt. Nate Tarver.

However, when officers were searching the suspects' car, they found more than a cell phone in the vehicle.

"They found some other articles that didn't appear to belong to them. While looking in the vehicle they also found an explosive device, a grenade," said Tarver.

The bomb squad safely removed the device from the SUV.

Four people were arrested, one of them facing robbery charges and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Police say the victim is okay and they were able to return the iPhone to him.

 

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